New E.U. Report Warns Of Rising Antimicrobial Resistance Among Zoonotic Bacteria

CIDRAP News: Europe highlights rising resistance in zoonotic bacteria
“A European report [released Tuesday] on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria that can be transmitted between animals and people shows high levels of resistance to drugs commonly used to treat certain foodborne illnesses, along with worrisome levels of multidrug resistance…” (Dall, 2/26).

EURACTIV.com: Report from two E.U. agencies confirms superbugs as a rising threat
“…Data from humans, pigs, and calves under one year of age submitted by the E.U. member states on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) was collected and jointly analyzed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), who released the final report on Tuesday (26 February). [Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)] is a deadly threat that claims 33,000 lives in the E.U. every year, also responsible for an annual economic loss estimated at around €1.5 billion, and it is expected to become a bigger killer than cancer by 2050…” (Fortuna, 2/26).

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