Homeland Security Today: ANALYSIS - Antimicrobial Resistance: The Biggest Threat To Global Security?

When interviewing government and agency officials on matters of homeland security, I always like to ask – “what do you see as the biggest future threat to your country’s security?” In the Western world, and in some countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the answer is almost always, “a medical disaster within our borders that we do not have a solution for.“  

But what is being done about this widespread primary concern of a medical disaster, which could occur naturally or engineered by a terrorist group to exploit a weakness?

While specific viruses and infections target specific countries and regions, arguably the biggest healthcare concern facing the whole world today is that of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Growing numbers of bacterial and viral infections are resistant to antimicrobial drugs, but no new classes of antibiotics have come on the market for more than 25 years.