Reduction of Antimicrobial Resistance

VetEffecT is working to decrease the use of antibiotics in animal production, in its international and national projects, by introducing good practices in dairy, poultry, pig and other animal production sectors in reducing antimicrobial resistance. In this endeavour we are focussing particularly on low and middle income countries (LMICs) where the risks are the highest. Join us!

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Due to an increasing and excessive use of antibiotics in humans and in animal production over several decades, bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Humans with relatively simple infections caused by resistant bacteria may die when no effective antibiotics are available anymore.

In this sense, Antimicrobial Resistance is arguably one of the greatest risks to mankind today. Intensive animal production, and the use of antibiotics that comes with it, is a driving factor behind the growing prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria that can also infect humans. However, with specific measures, the use of antibiotics and subsequently the occurrence of resistant bacteria can and should be greatly reduced.

What is to be done?

  • Worldwide

Antimicrobial resistance poses a formidable threat to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore the United Nations called in 2016 for concerted action from governments and various sectors to address the implications of antimicrobial resistance in a comprehensive manner, and implement strategies at national level. The AMR Industry Alliance is the life-sciences industry response to the call for action.

  • Europe

EU countries should better harmonise AMR monitoring in livestock This is one conclusion from a review of antimicrobial resistance surveillance programmes in livestock and their meat in Europe, conducted by Remco Schrijver and co-authors, which had focus on antimicrobial resistance patterns in humans. In this review, we describe surveillance programmes that are reporting antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and resistance genes in bacterial isolates from livestock and meat and compare them with those relevant for human health. Curious about the conclusions? Read the full paper. Authors  R.Schrijver, M.Stijntjes, J.Rodríguez-Baño, E.Tacconelli, N.Babu Rajendran, A.Voss.

Latest research discovered that use of social media posts and online search data allows rapid identification of potential MRSA outbreaks. Sharing information on social media and online search behaviour can be seen as an early-warning system fot MRSA outbreaks. Read the full paper. Authors Tom van de Belt, Pieter van Stockum, Lucien Engelen, Remco Schrijver, Jesus Rodriguez-Bano, Evelina Tacconelli, Katja Saris, Marleen van Gelder and Andreas Voss.

  • Low and middle income countries Africa and Asia

Improving monitoring and surveillance

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Article Sharing online information as early-warning system for MRSA outbreaks.pdf1.77 MB
VetEffecT - Reduction of Antimicrobial Resistance