Antimicrobial resistance: no signs of slowing down

A recent report released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reveals that antimicrobials used to treat a variety of diseases continue to witness a drop in their effectiveness. Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety warned that the report “should ring – again – alarm bells”, and that concerted action is urgently needed to prevent the alarm bells from becoming “a deafening siren”. Some of the major diseases such as Campylobacter bacteria and Salmonella are becoming increasingly resistant to fluoroquinolones.

The report does show however, that countries limiting antimicrobial use, have shown a decrease in antimicrobial resistance. Read EFSA’s debrief here.

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