WHO Western Pacific Region Gonococcal Antimicrobial Program

This regional program of continuing long-term surveillance of antibiotic susceptibility of N. gonorrhoeae to an agreed-on group of antibiotics between 1992 and 1994 enrolled laboratories in 17 countries in the WHO Western Pacific Region. The laboratories analyzed 20,000 gonococci isolates over a three-year period, concluding that patterns of gonococcal resistance to antibiotics continue to evolve, at times rapidly, and have the potential for wide and rapid dissemination. Data derived have been used in the development of appropriate treatment regimens in the region and have emphasized the need for the expansion of gonococcal resistance surveillance to a global level. (WHO, Surveillance of antibiotic susceptibility of neisseria gonorrhoeae in the WHO Western Pacific region, 1992-1994. Genitourinary Medicine 73(5):355-361, 1997.)

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WER: Weekly Epidemiological Record


The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) serves as an essential instrument for the rapid and accurate dissemination of epidemiological information on cases and outbreaks of diseases under the International Health Regulations; other communicable diseases of public health importance, including newly emerging or reemerging infections; noncommunicable diseases; and other health problems. WER is distributed every Friday in a bilingual English—French edition. The electronic edition is free of charge and can be obtained at the URL above.

Worldwide Antimicrobial Resistance Network (WARN)


WARN is a global information system designed to disseminate antibiotic resistance data via the Internet. The system, set up as a World Wide Web server, is hosted at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. This system was established as a means of disseminating information on a worldwide basis to microbiologists, epidemiologists, and clinicians regarding current worldwide antibiotic resistance trends. It focuses on specific problems of antibiotic resistance, selective data processing, determinations of initial susceptibility or resistance to new antimicrobials, and screening of ß-lactamases. Contact: Submissions can be made to the WWW server either electronically via e-mail (submissions@warn.cas.cz) or on a PC or Mac disk to: Prof. Jiri Schindler Department of Microbiology, 3rd Medical Faculty, Charles University, Ruska 87, Praha 10, 10000, Czech Republic.

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