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Antimicrobial usage and bacterial resistance: report published

by 5m Editor
13 July 2007, at 11:36am

UK - The Government has published a new report that for the first time combines a range of information on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria in farmed animals, humans, and food.

Concern about increasing levels of antimicrobial resistance has been growing for several years.

The report includes information from the Department of Health, Health Protection Agency, Food Standards Agency (DEFRA) and other Government agencies including the Devolved Administrations.

The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Debby Reynolds, said:

“This report underlines the Government’s commitment to understanding antimicrobial resistance in the veterinary and human fields, and the relationship between the two. The UK is one of only a few countries worldwide to prepare such a report.

“We will use this information to help develop future policy and preventative measures in this area. We already support a precautionary approach in the use of antimicrobials, including promoting responsible use across all sectors.”

Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson said:

“Antimicrobials, especially antibiotics, are important in ensuring good health in both humans and animals and for the first time this report brings together data from both sectors. This is an important report which will help stakeholders see the whole picture of antimicrobial usage, including the level of resistance of microbes to specific antimicrobial agents used in the treatment of both animals and humans.”

The findings of the report will be used to monitor trends in patterns of resistance, identify new resistant organisms, and identify the risk factors that can lead to the development of resistance.

The report can be found at: www.vmd.gov.uk/publications/antibiotic/antipubs.htm

5m Editor