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Better surveillance needed to fight antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic infections
Better surveillance needed to fight antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic infections


A joint scientific opinion on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) focused on infections transmitted to humans from animals and food (zoonoses) was recently published by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority), ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control), EMEA (European Medicines Agency) and SCENIHR (European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks).


The document concludes that ‘surveillance activities should be strengthened and the development of new antimicrobials and new strategies to combat the spread of resistance should be encouraged. Research is needed on other strategies to control infectious diseases in animals, such as vaccination programmes’. Specific concern was raised about bacterial resistance to antibiotics used in the treatment of Salmonella and Campylobacter infections. ‘Although the use of antibiotics is considered the main factor in the development of bacterial resistance, the use of biocides (including disinfectants, antiseptics and preservatives) may also contribute to bacterial resistance’.

Previous recommendations that prudent use of antimicrobials in animals should be strongly promoted and that veterinarians and farmers should be educated on strategies to minimise antimicrobial resistance – recommendations which are in line with FVE’s policies since many years already – were supported in this opinion. For more information: EFSA website