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Last-line antibiotics are failing: options to address this urgent threat to patients and healthcare systems

Tweeted by the European Commission

​This briefing aims to draw to the attention of policymakers examples of measures that can be taken to halt the spread of highly resistant bacteria. Case studies illustrating successful implementation of such measures, with positive outcomes,are highlighted.
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EU Health Awards Initiatives

European Commission

We are happy to announce the shortlisted initiatives of the EU Health Award for NGOs fighting Antimicrobial Resistance.
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Final flash report from the Plenary Meeting of the Health Security Committee November 2016, Senningen/Luxembourg

European Commission

The agenda included key priorities of EU agenda in health and beyond, antimicrobial resistance, preparedness and response under the EU health security framework, current health threats, joint procurement of medical countermeasures, vaccine shortages and action on migrants' health.
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European Organisations

Lack of awareness about Candida auris could lead to unnoticed transmission and outbreaks in healthcare settings

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Due to its antifungal resistance, Candida auris poses a risk for patients in healthcare facilities. Difficulties with laboratory identification and lack of awareness might result in transmission and outbreaks remaining unnoticed.
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Increased efforts needed to address the spread of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumanii in EU/EEA

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Acinetobacter baumannii is the cause of difficult-to-treat infections in healthcare settings in Europe due to its increasing resistance to antimicrobial agents, in particular the carbapenems.
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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and WHO Regional Director for Europe encourage Moldovan parents to continue vaccinating their children

WHO/Europe

The Crown Princess of Denmark visited the Republic of Moldova to highlight the importance of women’s and children’s health, maintain the momentum on immunization and address antimicrobial resistance.
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Civil Society

EPHA responds to EC consultation on roadmap for a one-health action plan on AMR

European Public Health Alliance

In its response, EPHA calls on the Commission to make full use of the legal competences at its disposal to tackle this public health threat and show leadership in the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance.
Read EPHA's recommendations here

Antibiotic resistant bacteria identified in Beijing smog

Ellyse Stauffer, CDDEP

A study published in Microbiome reports on 864 samples of DNA from humans, animals, and different environments worldwide, indicating the presence of resistant bacteria in the smog of Beijing.
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Education key to managing antimicrobial resistance

Ellyse Stauffer, CDDEP

Professor Dilip Nathwani, OBE, writes of the usefulness of educational tools like massive open online courses (MOOCs) in widespread education for antimicrobial stewardship.
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International Media

Rise of multidrug-resistant non-vaccine Streptococcus pneumoniae in the UK, 2001 to 2014

Sheppard et al., Eurosurveillance

Vaccinations have reduced the incidence of pneumococcal diseases, and it is the non-vaccine serotypes that are currently of concern, particularly if antibiotic resistant. The rise of serotype 15A Streptococcus pneumoniae incidence suggests that conjugate vaccines will need ongoing adaptation. Read more

Potential of marine natural products against drug-resistant fungal, viral, and parasitic infections

Abdelmohsen et al., The Lancet

The marine environment has proven to be a rich source of natural products with significant antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, antitumour, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunomodulatory activities. Many marine products are promising drug candidates to alleviate the mortality and morbidity rates caused by resistant infections. Read more

Multidrug resistant tuberculosis: a continuing crisis

Burki, The Lancet

The multidrug resistant tuberculosis epidemic is a crisis. Despite promising new treatments, gaps in funding and political attention are hampering efforts to stem the disease.
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Longer course of antibiotics for ear infections in children, study finds

Glatter, Forbes

Ear infections are the top reason children under the age of 1 year receive antibiotics in the primary care setting. Despite the existing guidelines, many parents and pediatricians are concerned that frequent prescribing of longterm courses of antibiotics may lead to greater levels of antibiotic resistance
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National Media

Careful use of disinfectants

Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports

Disinfectants should be used in careful ways, as they may further promote resistance development. Improper or excessive use of disinfectants may cause adverse consequences. People may be poisoned, develop allergies or even develop resistance against the antibiotics and the disinfectant. [featured in original language]
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Antibiotic resistance stimulates change in hospital regimes: specific wards will be created

tribuna.ro

The Romanian Ministry of Health is planning to create new hospital wards for infectious diseases so that patients can be properly isolated and the spread of resistant bacteria can be better controlled.
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Doctors resisting advice

Neue Zuercher Zeitung

 A national study undertaken in Switzerland investigated prescribing behaviours of GPs. The study revealed that old habits are hard to break: even having access to support mechanisms such as regular feedback and online guidelines did not significantly help to change practices among GPs found to be "overprescribing".
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Spanish babies receive 50% more antibiotics than in Germany

elpais.com

The authors of an international study argue that high Spanish antibiotic use in babies is the result of inappropriate prescription behaviours. There is a striking difference between Spain, Germany and the Nordic countries.
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Antibiotic resistance: Why is global mobilisation necessary?

Le Figaro

In November, the OIE published its global strategy against antibiotic resistance and prudent use of antimicrobials. This article argues that human and animal health are interdependent and that a global One Health approach must be pursued - especially in countries where, unlike in France, legislation and control measures for managing the use of antibiotics in animals are still lacking.
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