Stephan Harbarth from the University of Geneva argue for the need of International Health Regulations (IHR) to the global health treat of antimicrobial resistance. They say that certain events marking the emergence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, especially those involving new pan-resistant strains for which there are no suitable treatments, may constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and are notifiable to WHO under the IHR notification requirement. In an accompanying Perspective article, Adam Kamradt-Scott from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom (uninvolved in the work) disagrees with the Harbarth proposal and argues that the IHR were never intended to tackle all disease threats and that applying it to antimicrobial resistance would be impossible to implement. The International Health Regulations (IHR) is a legally binding agreement between 194 States Parties, whose aim is to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease. These global rules are intended to enhance national, regional and global public health security. Source: Eurekalert << Survival Rates Can be Improved by Lessening Chemoradiation ... Hand Sanitizers are No Substitute for Soap and Water >> Recommended Reading Drug Resistance - Antibiotic Resistance Drug resistance is often a problem in malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and hospital acquired diseases. Judicious use of antibiotics can control the problem. READ MORE New International Health Regulations to Enter into Force Tomorrow The revised International Health Regulations (IHR) will enter into force on Friday. READ MORE Antimicrobial Resistance in Clinics, Hospitals and at Home Antibiotic resistance and the rise of illnesses that cannot be treated easily because of drug resistance is a health concern around the world. READ MORE Antimicrobial Soaps and Handwash Toxic for Human and Environmental Health Antimicrobial products like soaps and handwash may promise to kill germs, but a new study has revealed that they may be causing more harm than good - both for humans and the environment. READ MORE Food Preservatives - How Safe Are They? Food preservatives are basically antimicrobials or anti-oxidants that help preserve food by destroying the microbes and stopping decomposition of food products. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug Interaction Checker Blood Pressure Calculator Drug - Food Interactions More News on: Food Preservatives - How Safe Are They?