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19th January 2017
Inaccurate diagnosis of fungal infection aggravates antibiotic resistance 
 
Indiscriminate use of antibiotics is a major contributory factor in the escalating problem of antibiotic resistance, a fact which we are all well aware of. The first global report on antibiotic resistance “Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance” released by the WHO in 2014 highlighted antibiotic resistance as a significant public health problem, which was prevalent worldwide across all age groups.
 
Now a new study published in the February 2017 issue of CDC’s journal Emerging Infectious Diseases says that lack of routine diagnostic testing for fungal diseases exacerbates the problem of antimicrobial drug empiricism, both antibiotic and antifungal.
 
Aptly titled “Delivering on antimicrobial resistance agenda not possible without improving fungal diagnostic capabilities”, the study concluded that “the lack of availability and underuse of nonculture fungal diagnostics results in overprescribing, prescription of unduly long courses of antibacterial agents, and excess empirical use of antifungal agents and leaves many millions of patients with undiagnosed fungal infections”.
 
(Source: Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2017;23(2):177-183)

Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA and HCFI
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Projections indicate that if the current trends continue, India will be home to 17 million kids with obesity by 2025 putting them at risk of several lifestyle diseases.

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