22 NOVEMBER 2010 UPDATE
22 Nov 2010
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.
Surveillance system for antibiotic resistance. New Delhi: The Centre has decided to put in place soon a National Surveillance System for antibiotic resistance. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday said that a task force was reviewing the current situation regarding manufacture, use and misuse of antibiotics in the country and was expected to submit its report by the month-end. Express Buzz
Antibiotics often unnecessary for kids' ear infections. Ear infections are the No. 1 reason kids get antibiotics, costing the country $2.8 billion a year. Yet a new analysis suggests that most of the 8 million kids who see a doctor for ear infections each year don't need antibiotics. USA Today
Also reported by the Boston Globe, CNN, WebMD, Medpage Today, HealthDay, and AFP.
Antibiotic resistance represents 'major public health threat'. As events to mark European antibiotic awareness day get underway across member states, EU officials are warning that drug resistance represents a "major public health threat". The Parliament
Could your seafood contain toxic chemicals? Investigation reveals substances that could cause serious health issues. NBC Today Show
Turning Up the Heat on Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Bacteria are evolving resistance to antibiotics at an alarming rate, fueled by decades of overuse of the drugs in medicine and agriculture. Now researchers have developed a method that could slow the spread of resistance genes in the environment by reducing their release through treated sewage. Chemical & Engineering News
Studies show drug-resistant bug threats in Europe. Drug-resistant infections with the "superbug" Clostridium difficile are rising in Europe and are widespread, scientists said on Tuesday, but there are big variations in the way health authorities monitor them. Reuters
Multidrug-resistant bacteria remain a public health issue in Europe. On the occasion of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day, ECDC is releasing new European-wide surveillance data on antibiotic resistance from the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net). ECDC and ECDC - Annual epidemiological report on communicable diseases in Europe - 2010 (pdf)
New web pages help children learn about bugs at home. Web pages designed to help children learn at home about infections such as seasonal influenza, come online today to coincide with European Antibiotic Awareness Day -18 November 2010. HPA and the actual site Welcome to e-Bug - a place to play games and learn about microbes.
CDC Spotlights Global Efforts to Address Antibiotic Resistance. Expands 'Get Smart' programs to hospitals and nursing homes. CDC summarized by Health Leaders Media
Special issue for the European Antibiotic Awareness Day focusing in particular on the emergence of resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in Europe. Volume 15, Issue 46, 18 November 2010. Eurosurveillance
New Delhi Metallo-β-Lactamase in Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli, Canada and Emergence of New Delhi Metallo-β-Lactamase, Austria under "Expedited" and Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella enterica Serovar Infantis, Israel and Extended Spectrum β-Lactamase-producing Escherichia coli in Neonatal Care Unit. EID Volume 16, Nr 11-Nov 2010.
Superbakterier spredes med gylle. Superbakterier, der er modstandsdygtige over for antibiotika, spredes i de danske svinestalde og på landbrugsjorden, fordi landmændene blander kobber i grisenes foder. TV 2/Bornholm (Danish)
Lethal new superbug discovered in hospitals. PATIENTS have been infected with a lethal new superbug here for the first time, causing major concern to health experts, writes Eilish O'Regan. Independant
Scourge of the superbug. A new generation of superbugs, fast developing resistance to all the tried-and-true antibiotics, has reached New Zealand shores. And hospitals are scrabbling for a solution. NZ Herald
Så kan antibiotikaresistens på sjukhus bromsas - Förslag till ett nationellt 10-punktsprogram. Inför Europeiska antibiotikadagen 18 november lanserar Strama och Svenska infektionsläkarföreningen ett förslag till ett nationellt 10-punktsprogram för minskad antibiotikaresistens på sjukhus. Strama
more about European Antibiotic Awareness Day: SR/Ekot, Läkartidningen, SVT Tvärsnytt, GP, Arbetarbladet, Landstinget Halland and Landstinget Uppsala Län