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Antimicrobial use and resistance in people and animals

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THREE European agencies have jointly produced what they describe as the first integrated analysis of antimicrobial consumption in humans and food-producing animals and antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from people and animals.

In a report published on January 30, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) analyse possible relationships between the consumption of antimicrobial agents and the occurrence of resistance in humans and food-producing animals. The agencies used data from 2011 and 2012 from five different surveillance networks that collect information in EU member states, Iceland, Norway, Croatia and Switzerland. They note that, because of the different ways in which data on antimicrobial consumption are collected for humans and …

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