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Sweden may help lead global antimicrobial resistance effort

The first step towards a global effort to surveil antimicrobial resistance is expected to be taken in Stockholm today and tomorrow in a meeting of representatives of some 30 countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is trying to encourage countries to support standardized surveillance systems, according to a press release cited by news agency TT.

WHO deputy secretary general Kieji Fukuda said that nothing is ready yet, but that Sweden will probably have a prominent role in the global network against antimicrobial resistance. Sweden was also one of the first countries to point out the problem.

The surveillance program would be the first concrete step towards implementing the WHO's global action plan against antimicrobial resistance, which is to be presented next year.

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