The World Health Organization is urging countries to take measures against multidrug-resistant bacteria that are spreading across South Asia and Europe.
The new superbug is resistant to almost all antibiotics and has infected more than 140 people in India and Pakistan. It has also spread to Europe, mainly among people returning from the 2 countries. One person in Belgium died.
In a statement on Friday, the WHO called on countries to monitor and take preventive measures against the bacteria.
It recommended governments focus on surveillance for antimicrobial resistance as well as appropriate use of antibiotics. It also advised them to ban sales of antibiotics without prescription.
The UN health body says many countries have successfully controlled multidrug-resistant microorganisms. It calls for strict preventive measures, saying they can effectively reduce transmission.