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Antibiotics in Livestock Farming. What can be done to reduce environmental threats and avoid the development of antibiotic resistance?

PAN Germany

The background paper gives an overview on antibiotic resistance in the livestock industry, shows that the issue has become a global environmental problem and highlights the need for a change in animal production. Image credits
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European & International Organisations

Strengthening partnerships in the fight against AMR: TATFAR’s 2018 Meeting

DG Health and Food Safety 

TATFAR members are gathering in Atlanta on 7-9 March to promote action and discuss ongoing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) work. The meeting’s opening session was streamed live on Wednesday, March 7.
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Antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacteria still high in humans, animals and food

European Food Safety Authority, 27 February 2018

Bacteria from humans and animals continue to show resistance to antimicrobials according to a new report published today by EFSA and ECDC. The report highlights some emerging issues and confirms antimicrobial resistance as one of the biggest threats to public health, mainly by reducing the effectiveness of treatment options. Image credits
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Minutes and presentations - AMR One Health Network (05 February 2018)

DG Health and Food Safety, 21 February 2018 

The minutes from the AMR One Health Network Meeting on the 5th February are made available. Within the AMR One Health network, its members work towards facilitating mutual learning, sharing innovative ideas, building consensus, comparing progress made in key areas and, where necessary, accelerating national efforts to tackle AMR.
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Case Study: Stronger Bacteria - Weaker Antimicrobial

ENVI Committee, European Parliament  23 February 2018

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety committee has published a briefing paper on a programme in Andalusia called PIRASOA, which it described as demonstrating preliminary success in reducing antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance. Image credits
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Ukraine develops National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance

WHO/Europe, 21 February 2018

On 7–9 February 2018, the First National Consultation on the Development and Implementation of the National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) took place in Kyiv. Image credit
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WHO European Region countries convene to boost emergency preparedness and response

WHO/Europe, 20 February 2018

A 3-day high-level meeting concluded in Munich on 15 February 2018, marking a milestone in preparing for and responding to the ever more complex and demanding health emergencies of our times. Image credit
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New diagnostic tools needed to stop antibiotic resistance

Financial Times, 5 March 2018

There is an urgent need to develop more effective tools for diagnosing illness and TB provides one of the more striking illustrations of this need. Drug resistance is growing, undermining the power of the already limited range of antibiotics available to treat patients. Image credit
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National Media

Hyderabad: New drug-resistant gene found in waters polluted with pharma waste

The New Indian Express, 05 March 2018

Scientists from the University of Gothenburg discovered new drug-resistant genes in wastewater from the Patancheru industrial area in the state capital Hyderabad. Image credit
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Reducing antibiotics, the challenge is on

L'essentiel (Luxembourg), 06 March 2018

A four-year action plan has been launched by the Luxembourg government to reduce the level of consumption of antibiotics in the small country, amounting to 3.9 tonnes annually. The plan includes awareness-raising campaigns, better training for health professionals and veterinarians, improved data analysis and the creation of a national committee in charge of overseeing the effort made in Luxembourg and ensure alignment with European action plan objectives. Image credit
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Waters should be tested for multi resistant pathogens

Welt (Germany), 5 March 2018

The Ministry for Environment considers to test the bathing waters in several federal states after investigations discovered resistant pathogens in twelve bathing waters, rivers and streams. Image credit
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Rapid diagnostic tests: Avoiding the prescription of unnecessary antibiotics

Welt (Germany), 1 March 2018

Two German health insurers started to reimburse the costs of rapid diagnostic tests, which assesses whether the patient has a viral or bacterial disease. Image credit
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Antimicrobial resistance: Lies wants standards

Welt (Germany), 28 February 2018

The Minister for Environment urges the Federal Government to introduce standards for data collection and evaluation. Image credit
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Fifth of prescribed antibiotics are unnecessary, study finds

The Guardian, 27 February 2018

Family doctors are displaying “substantial inappropriate antibiotic prescribing” when dealing with patients who have an infection, according to research published by Public Health England. Image credit
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Huge levels of antibiotic use in US farming revealed

The Guardian, 8 February 2018

Livestock raised for food in the US are dosed with five times as much antibiotic medicine as farm animals in the UK, new data has shown, raising questions about rules on meat imports under post-Brexit trade deals. Image credit

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