Antibiotic Resistance: Campaigns on Prudent Antibiotic Use

· TGI - Health, TGI - Pathogens
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On the occasion of the 6th European Antibiotic Awareness Day, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is releasing new EU-wide data on antibiotic resistance showing a marked increase of carbapenem-resistant infections. The carbapenems are a major last-line class of antibiotics used to treat healthcare-associated infections.

The results indicate that the spread of carbapenem-resistant infections is much wider than indicated by EARS-Net, which only includes the most severe infections, i.e. bloodstream infections. If other infections, such as respiratory and urinary tract infections, are also considered, then almost all countries have reported cases, and many countries have reported regional and inter-regional spread, or even an endemic situation.

To mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day on Nov. 18, more than 40 countries across Europe organize activities promoting prudent use of antibiotics under the banner “Everyone is responsible” throughout the week, ending Nov. 24. ECDC is also cooperating with its partners in other regions of the world: campaigns on prudent antibiotic use are taking place in the United States, Canada and Australia during the same week.

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