14 March 2012

Resistance in the News is an arbitrary selection of articles with  relevance to antibiotic resistance and antibiotic use that have come to  our attention lately.The articles have been published in various internet media and on-line scientific journals. The list is by no means complete  and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the ReAct network.


Successful strategies to safeguard medications. The evolving threat of antimicrobial resistance - options for action, is a new book launched today by the WHO. It showcases examples of actions taken to slow down drug resistance and preserve the ability of medicine to effectively treat many diseases. WHO

H3N2 Influenza Confirmed in Calvert County Cluster. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Calvert County Health Department continue to investigate a cluster of cases of severe respiratory illnesses in four members of the same immediate family, of whom three have died. Maryland DoH also on CIDRAP

Prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the rivers Meuse, Rhine and New Meuse. A high percentage of bacteria in large Dutch rivers is resistant to one or more antibiotics. This was demonstrated in an exploratory study performed at the RIVM. RIVM

Hospitals told to curb use of antibiotics. China's top health authority issued a plan to further curb hospitals' excessive use of antibiotics on Tuesday. The 2012 National Plan to Rectify the Clinical Application of Antibiotics is a revised version of the original plan that came into effect in 2011. Xinhua

Life-threatening germ poses threat across medical facilities. CDC highlights steps to prevent spread of deadly C. difficile bacteria, which impacts patients in nursing homes and outpatient care, not just hospitals. CDC and in SHEA

Carbapenemase-producing Acinetobacter spp. in Cattle, France. EID, Volume 18, Number 3—March 2012. CDC and in same volume; NDM-1–producing Klebsiella pneumoniae, Croatia

IDSA Proposes New Pathway for Antibiotic Approval. Special Population Limited Medical Use” mechanism provides drug development incentives. IDSA presented to Congress

FDA Announces Availability of the 2010 NARMS Retail Meat Annual Report. The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is announcing publication of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Retail Meat Annual Report for 2010 on its website. FDA report rewied on WIRED

Most C. Diff Infections Start in Healthcare Facilities. Saying that half of hospitalized patients treated for Clostridium difficile illness came through the door already infected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday called on all providers, from nursing homes to private physician practices, to take more aggressive steps to inform each other to stop the deadly bacteria. Health Leaders Media

Maine nursing homes and hospitals battling deadly gut infection. Maine ranks second in the nation for deaths from a nasty infection spread in health care facilities, according to new data. BDN Maine

Tema om hyperresistente bakterier i Danmark. Fra 2008–2011 er der kendskab til 15 tilfælde af såkaldte carbapenemase-producerende enterobakterier i Danmark. SSI (Statens Serum Institut) and more about CPE in EPI-nyt Uge 10 SSI (Danish)

Fødevareminister: Vi er magtesløse over for bakterietrussel. Fødevareminister Mette Gjerskov (S) håber, at det indenfor kort tid vil være muligt at udrydde den særlige multiresistente bakterie CC398 fra de danske svinestalde. Politiken (Danish)

Læger vil genvinde magten over bakterier. Lægeforeningen vil med klare retningslinjer bremse det stigende antibiotikaforbrug, der forårsager resistens. NordJyske (Danish)

Met CDA-minister op Landbouw blijft resistentie bestaan. Nu we het bewijs hebben dat door menselijk handelen superresistente bacteriën ontstaan die kriskras tussen ons en onze dieren kunnen overspringen, is er nog meer noodzaak om adequate acties te nemen en striktere regelgeving te maken. volkskrant (Dutch)



Smittspridning av VRE på Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset and Oroväckande ökning av spridningsbenägen VRE-stam. SMI Nyhetsbrev

Ett brittiskt recept för mindre antibiotika i primärvård. Vårdcentraler som deltog i ett utbildningsprogram minskade sin antibiotikaförskrivning med 4,2 procent under ett år jämfört med vårdcentraler som inte deltog. Det visar en brittisk studie som publicerats i British Medical Journal. Smittskyddsinstitutet

Många beredda att avstå från antibiotika. En stor majoritet, 80 procent, av befolkningen är beredd att avstå från antibiotika när det är möjligt, även om de riskerar några extra sjukdagar. SKL


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