Resistance to antimicrobials in zoonosis-producing bacteria remains high in animals and humans

Resistance to antimicrobials in zoonosis-producing bacteria remains high in animals and humans


According to the report published on 27 February, 2018 by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), bacteria present in humans and animals are still showing resistance to antimicrobials. The report highlights several emerging problems and confirms antimicrobial resistance as one of the most significant threats for public health, as it reduces the effectiveness of available treatment options.

Among the new findings, based on 2016 data, the report points to the identification of carbapenem-resistant Escherichia coli in fowl, an antibiotic that is not authorized for use in animals; presence of linezolid in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in pigs, and extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-producing Salmonella Kentucky, with high ciprofloxacin resistance in humans. These findings are alarming as the above antibiotics are used in human to treat severe infections.

To deal with this situation, EFSA proposes the use of alternative treatments, including probiotics, for animal feed.

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