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Antimicrobial resistance
Combined report on antimicrobial resistance in people and animals

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A NEWLY published report, which brings together data on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in people and animals, is ‘an important first step’ in bridging the gaps between the animal health and public health sectors, according to Anthony Kessel of Public Health England (PHE).

The ‘UK One Health Report: joint report on human and animal antibiotic use, sales and resistance, 2013′, which was published on July 22, has been produced by PHE and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). It brings together the most recently available UK data (from 2013) on antibiotic resistance in three key bacteria that are common to both people and animals – Salmonella and Campylobacter species and Escherichia coli. It also gives details of the amount of antibiotics prescribed for human use and sold for animal health and welfare purposes.

Professor Kessel, who is director for international public health at PHE, commented: ‘Reducing the use of antibiotics in both humans and animals is vital to safeguarding them, which is why PHE, the VMD and partners across the UK are working together to tackle AMR across the human and animal fields.

‘This report is an important first step in bridging the gaps between these two sectors and will help strengthen collaboration and enhance surveillance within the UK and across Europe. An integrated One Health approach is a key part of the cross-government five-year …

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