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Toolbox  –  Measure


It is important to monitor the general disease patterns and bacterial outbreaks within the health care setting, in the community and among animals to be able to address the problem of antibiotic resistance efficiently.

Why monitor infections?

Knowledge about which diseases are causing the most illnesses in people and animals and thus require the most time and resources to cure can guide decisions on which bacteria to include in surveillance and prevention initiatives, can help identify the sources of outbreaks and may facilitate work to make sure that the relevant diagnostic methods and correct treatments are available, to name only a few examples.

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