New report by EFSA and ECDS highlights persistance of high levels of antimicrobial resistance


The European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis affirmed that european commitment to fight antimicrobial resistance has to be renew through cooperation between countries and implementing of stringent policies. Indeed, antimicrobial resistance is far to be satisfactorily faced, as the new summary report of ECDC and EFSA demonstrates, showing up the new findings based on data from 2016 .

The levels of antimicrobial resistance differ significantly from one EU country to another, and new cases of antimicrobial resistance were reported.
For the first time, ESBL-producing S. Kentucky, highly resistent to cirpofloxacin, was detected in four countries. One out of four cases of human infections given by Salmonella are due to bacteria resistent to at least three or more commonly used antimicrobials, and also Campylobacter bacteria show high resistance to widely used drugs.
Regarding the animal production, it is remarcable the finding of low levels of resistence to carbapenems in E. coli isolated on poultry and chicken meat, linezoid-resistant S. aureus found in pigs and low levels of colistin resistance in Salmonella and E. coli in pigs.

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