Antibiotic Resistance

The Global Meningococcal Initiative (GMI) – a leading group of scientists, doctors and public health officials published a new report in Expert Review of Vaccines that meningococcal meningitis is becoming antibiotic resistant.

“Research shows that meningococcal bacteria are able to acquire genes from other strains and that genes that give the bacteria reduced susceptibility or complete resistance to life-saving antibiotics can be passed from one type of bacteria to another”.

Vaccination is more important than ever. Sam Nye, Executive Director at the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations said: “We work with meningitis advocacy groups all over the world to promote the importance of vaccines; vaccines not only have the capability to save lives today, they can also help to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance, saving millions of lives in future years.”

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