Women Are More Likely to Get Drug-Resistant Infections | Technology & Science

Women Are More Likely to Get Drug-Resistant Infections.

More countries must recognize how gender affects exposure to pathogens, finds a review by the World Health Organization.

Drug-resistant Escherichia coli is one of many bacteria that women might be more likely to encounter than men in some regions, owing to gendered divisions of labour.

Women might be more likely to develop drug-resistant infections than men — an under-recognized aspect of the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, according to a global review led by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report finds that more than 70% of countries do not recognize gender inequalities in national plans to tackle drug-resistant infections.

And last month, the WHO added four pathogens to its list of the drug-resistant bacteria it considers to be most dangerous to humans. The list, first published in 2017, helps nations to shape their…

Source www.scientificamerican.com

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