The challenge of antimicrobial resistance

Datum 21.01.2015 | Rubrik: News | Ort: Bonn
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Antimicrobial resistance increasingly poses a challenge to public health worldwide. When antibiotics are used, for example in a hospital or a production animal facility, this can assist the spread of resistant bacteria. It is becoming more and more difficult to treat infectious diseases with existing antibiotics.

“According to a recent representative survey conducted by the BfR, more than half of the German population believes that antimicrobial resistance is predominantly caused by animal farming”, says Professor Dr Dr Andreas Hensel. “However, resistance to antibiotics affects both human and ve terinary medicine and is also a concern in agriculture. The challenges can only be overcome through a joint effort.” The goal must be to limit the therapeutic use of antibiotics to an absolute minimum in hospitals, in the general population, and in animal farming. 

 

The relevance that antimicrobial resistance occurring in animal production facilities has for resistance found in human medicine varies depending on the type of bacteria and resistance. For example, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from production animal populations play an insignificant role as pathogens of difficult-to-treat infections in humans. Resistance in ESBL-forming bacteria, which is a concern both in human and veterinary medicine, poses a more serious problem than MRSA; ESBL stands for “extended-spectrum ß-lactamase”. The question to what extent animal farming contributes to the problem of resistance in human medicine is currently being investigated.

 



Quelle: BfR
Autor: ast / Editor fleischnet
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