Several studies have investigated antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income countries, but to date little attention has been paid to the Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs). This study aims to review the literature on antibiotic resistance (ABR) in healthcare settings in PICTs to inform further research and future policy development for the region.
Pig farms’ own treatment practices and protective measures against pathogens play a key role in combating antimicrobial resistance in the pork production chain. This is shown by the joint study by the Finnish Food Authority and the University of Helsinki, which monitored the antibiotic resistance of the E. coli bacteria that are a part of the normal intestinal bacterial flora of animals during the different stages of the pig production chain.
Future communication about the potential impact of unnecessary antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance needs to focus on outcomes that parents of young children can relate to (e.g. infection recurrence) and in a format that parents will engage with (e.g. face-to-face dissemination at playgroups and parent/child community events) to make a more informed decision about the risks and benefits of antibiotics for their child.
The WHO consolidated guidelines on drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment fulfil the mandate of WHO to inform health professionals in Member States on how to improve treatment and care for patients with DR-TB.
UK based AMR Centre is searching for new collaborative opportunities throughout 2019. AMRC looks to partner with innovative companies, institutions and universities from around the world, to tackle the increasing threat from antimicrobial resistance.
Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to become insensitive to the action of an antibiotic. In the case of resistant bacteria, the specific antibiotic does no longer inhibit the growth of the bacteria or these are no longer killed by the antibiotic. Treatment of a patient or sick animal with the antibiotic to which the bacteria are resistant has no effect: the bacteria continue to grow undisturbedly and the infectious disease may further develop.
While research tries to find the treatment for antibiotic resistance, so far prevention by controlling the over prescription and overuse of the ‘wonder drug’ among humans and food animals is the only cure available in Pakistan.
Scientists have developed a new and faster test for identifying how single bacteria react to antibiotics, which could help in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues have identified a gene that increases the risk for a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to the commonly prescribed antibiotic vancomycin.
Collaboration explores opportunities to set up antibiotic discovery and development platform and establish a joint pipeline of novel antibiotic assets. Discovery efforts will focus on World Health Organization’s (WHO) priority pathogens.
Outpatient antibiotic prescription rates, especially of broad-spectrum agents, have decreased in recent years. Clinicians who prescribe to adults, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are important targets for antibiotic stewardship.
This is the first report on the surveillance of antimicrobial consumption in both humans and animals in Thailand.