Europe unites against superbugs

日期:2017-07-03 05:36:16 作者:司寇步 阅读:

By Debora MacKenzie in Brussels EUROPEAN countries are planning to work together to monitor the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics and the patterns of antibiotic use that cause it. Antibiotic resistance varies widely across Europe. In some southern countries, where antibiotics are available without prescription, more than half the Staphylococcus infections in hospitals resist several drugs. In Scandinavia, where antibiotics are tightly controlled, less than 1 per cent are resistant. To keep abreast of the problem, data are needed on a European scale, Viveke Rosdahl of Denmark’s State Serum Institute told health officials from the European Union and neighbouring countries at a meeting in Copenhagen this week. “In many cases it is just a matter of bringing together data that already exist,” says Rosdahl, who helped to organise the meeting. At present, Denmark is the only country in the world that regularly gathers national figures on both resistance and the consumption of antibiotics in agriculture and medicine, Rosdahl says. Europe-wide monitoring of antibiotic resistance could help reveal the links between resistant infections in humans and the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in livestock, which the Nordic countries want to ban. In Britain this week, a standing committee reporting to the Chief Medical Officer also called for this use to be banned, echoing a call by the House of Lords in April (This Week, 25 April,