How to optimise duration of antibiotic treatment in patients with sepsis? BMJ (Clinical research ed.) 371: m4357.
Antibiotics represent the cornerstone of treatment. The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) consensus guidelines recommend treatment for 7 to 10 days, but this is a weak recommendation. Use of antibiotics risks the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic-associated infections, such as Clostridiodes difficile. Patients may suffer from toxic effects of the drugs. Balancing the need to treat severe infections effectively against the risks of overuse of antibiotics is central to the principle of antibiotic stewardship. For severe covid-19, antibiotic stewardship remains important for critically ill patients with pneum...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wistar reports new class of antibiotics active against a wide range of bacteria
(The Wistar Institute) Wistar Institute scientists have discovered a new class of compounds that uniquely combine direct antibiotic killing of pan drug-resistant bacterial pathogens with a simultaneous rapid immune response for combatting antimicrobial resistance (AMR). These finding were published today inNature. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 23, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Surveillance of antimicrobial resistance could be more challenging outside of the EU
(Microbiology Society) In a new policy report from the Microbiology Society, experts from around the UK explain the desperate need for long-term and ambitious funding for surveillance and research into antimicrobial resistance (AMR). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's Antimicrobial Resistance Threat to Grow If Not Tackled in a Holistic Manner
[WHO] There is growing evidence of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Zimbabwe. A study conducted by local epidemiologists following the 2018 cholera outbreak concluded that there had been high incidences of drug resistance which made it difficult to contain the disease using the usual antibiotics. The latter, has been a result of Zimbabweans abusing antibiotics due to unregulated consumption and not completing the full course when prescribed by the doctors. Therefore, Zimbabweans need to stop misusing antibiotic (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 15, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Insecure livelihoods hindering efforts to combat anti-microbial resistance globally
(University of Warwick) Patients living in precarious circumstances are less likely to use antibiotics appropriately according to a new study from the University of Warwick, suggesting that efforts to improve conditions for those with little security in their livelihoods could have an unexpected benefit in helping to tackle antimicrobial resistance globally. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Free webinar: Advancing the AMR agenda during COVID-19
(International Vaccine Institute) The International Vaccine Institute (IVI), the International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (ICARS), and the Embassy of Denmark in Korea will co-host a free webinar to share strategic reflections and insights for advancing national prevention/control policies and plans against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Covid -19, misinformation, and antimicrobial resistance, BMJ
Article highlights a US study that found 71% of covid-19 patients received antibiotics while only 4% had true bacterial coinfection. It concludes strategies are needed to counter the detrimental effect of misinformation on the use of antimicrobials. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID cases surge amid growing threat from antimicrobial resistance – WHO chief 
More cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic, the UN health agency chief told journalists on Friday as he launched a new report on the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR) Report 2019 to 2020
Annual report shows there were an estimated 65,162 antimicrobial resistance infections diagnosed in 2019, up from 61,946 in 2018. E. coli remains the most common bloodstream infection, rising 14% in 2015 to 77.5 in 2019, which is a significant concern. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New antibiotic-resistant infections rise
Antimicrobial resistance remains a serious threat to the health of people in England, with 178 AMR infections diagnosed each day, according to a PHE report. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Silent Pandemic: Overuse renders antimicrobials less effective – UN agriculture agency
People, plants and animals around the world are dying from untreatable infections – even with the best medicines available – due to a rise in antimicrobial resistance, the UN food agriculture agency said on Wednesday, kicking off World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Biomarkers for antimicrobial stewardship: a reappraisal in COVID-19 times?
On initial presentation, differentiation between earlystage coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19) and classical bacterial community-acquired pneumonia can be challenging. Furthermore, COVID-19 patients may develop a hyperinflammatory phase later in their disease process, which is particularly difficult to distinguish from a secondary bacterial infection. As a consequence, 72% of COVID-19 patients receive empirical antibiotic therapy during hospital stay. Antibiotic overuse undoubtedly leads to an exacerbation of another —slowly progressive—pandemic: antimicrobial resistance. Procalcitonin (PCT) has proven useful i...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: International and African Organizations Join Together to Fight Antimicrobial Drug Resistance
[Nigeria Health Watch] With antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatening development and health in Africa, six international and continental organizations are launching the first partnership of its kind to combat this public health crisis on the continent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 18, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: 18 – 24 November 2020
World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance by improving awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dairy cows exposed to heavy metals worsen antibiotic-resistant pathogen crisis
(Penn State) Dairy cows, exposed for a few years to drinking water contaminated with heavy metals, carry more pathogens loaded with antimicrobial-resistance genes able to tolerate and survive various antibiotics. That's the finding of a team of researchers that conducted a study of two dairy herds in Brazil four years after a dam holding mining waste ruptured, and it spotlights a threat to human health, the researchers contend. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Qualitative analysis of views on urinary infections in pregnancy and antimicrobial resistance
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a health risk as it can lead to life-threatening infections. There has been a rise in resistant urinary tract infections (UTIs) which is the most common infection in pregnancy. This can be challenging in pregnancy due to the additional need to safeguard foetal development. The study's aim was to explore views about AMR in women who experienced UTIs in pregnancy. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using Infection Control to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
Free online course- This online course will explore the growing problem of antimicrobial-resistant infections in health and social care settings. The course will enable you to understand why effective infection control measures will allow us to combat the growing problem of antimicrobial resistant infections. It will also offer practical guidance on how to protect patients, clients and residents from acquiring healthcare-associated infections. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Without Good Public Health Strategy, The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Make Antimicrobial Resistance Worse
Dr. Rodney Rohde, a virologist and clinical laboratory expert, explains how the Covid-19 pandemic can make antimicrobial resistance a bigger problem if health systems aren ’t careful. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rodney Rohde, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Editors' Pick editors-pick Coronavirus Source Type: news

'Superbugs' a far greater risk than Covid in Pacific, scientist warns
Antimicrobial resistance ‘biggest human health threat, bar none’, says Australian research director ahead of three-year study in FijiThe emergence ofantimicrobial resistance (AMR), including drug-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”, pose far greater risks to human health than Covid-19, threatening to put modern medicine “back into the dark ages”,an Australian scientist has warned, ahead of a three-year study into drug-resistant bacteria in Fiji.“If you thought Covid was bad, you don’t want anti-microbial resistance,” Dr Paul De Barro, biosecurity research director at Aus...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sheldon Chanel in Suva and Ben Doherty Pacific editor Tags: World news Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Medical research Microbiology Fiji Pacific islands Asia Pacific Source Type: news

This'Slowly Evolving Crisis' Needs Attention This'Slowly Evolving Crisis' Needs Attention
Antimicrobial resistance, stewardship, and research and development must remain top of mind, says Dr Paul Auwaerter.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - August 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

Evidence for action: a One Health learning platform on interventions to tackle antimicrobial resistance, The Lancet Infectious Diseases
Within efforts to strengthen global governance of antimicrobial resistance, this Personal view calls for the creation of a platform that will synthesise the evidence for actions on antimicrobial resistance into a fully accessible database, that generates new scientific insights. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Treating COVID-19 could lead to increased antimicrobial resistance
(University of Plymouth) Research led by the University of Plymouth suggests the increased use of antibiotics in the treatment of COVID-19 patients could be placing an additional burden on waste water treatment works, particularly those serving large or emergency hospitals (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: Honey May Be Better At Treating Coughs, Colds Than Over-The-Counter Medicines
(CNN) — Honey may be a better treatment for coughs and colds than over-the-counter medicines, a new study has found. Researchers said honey was more effective in relieving the symptoms of cold and flu-like illnesses than the usual commercial remedies, and could provide a safer, cheaper and more readily available alternative to antibiotics. They encouraged doctors to consider recommending it to patients in place of prescribing antibiotics, which can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance when overused. Honey has long been used as a home remedy for coughs, but its effectiveness in treating common illnesse...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Source Type: news

C-CAMP kicks off programme for antimicrobial resistance innovations
The programme, which was announced at the Grand Finale of the C-CAMP AMR Quest held in July 2020, has been kicked off with six innovators in therapeutics and diagnostics. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

House Begins Work on FY 2021 Appropriations
Over the past two weeks, the House Appropriations Committee has swiftly advanced all twelve appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2021. These bills will now be considered by the full House of Representatives. The Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) spending measure would provide $8.55 billion to the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is $270 million increase from FY 2020. The President proposed a 6 percent cut for the science agency for FY 2021. Research and related activities within NSF, which includes the Biological Sciences Directorate, would receive grow by $230 million to $6.97 billion in FY 2021. Under t...
Source: Public Policy Reports - July 21, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Antimicrobial resistance is the next battle
Covid-19 is a warning that we must develop drugs to treat future threats (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - July 13, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New initiative to bridge the gap on antimicrobial innovation
Today, more than 20 leading biopharmaceutical companies are launching theAMR Action Fund, a ground-breaking partnership to invest nearly $1 billion to ensure a robust and diverse pipeline of new medicines to treat drug-resistant infections. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - July 9, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Coronavirus Antimicrobial Resistance Source Type: news

Stop TB Partnership and Johnson & Johnson, with support from USAID and The Global Fund, Announce Price Reduction for SIRTURO ® (bedaquiline) for Treatment of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 6 JULY 2020 – The Stop TB Partnership and Johnson & Johnson – with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – today announced joint efforts to help enable low- and middle-income countries to rapidly scale up use of SIRTURO® (bedaquiline) 100mg tablets in support of new, recently-released World Health Organization (WHO) treatment guidelines. Effective immediately, Johnson & Johnson will make bedaquiline available to Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility (GDF) at a price of USD$340 per si...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - July 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Rethink Food Security and Nutrition Following Covid-19 Pandemic
By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Wan Manan MudaKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jul 2 2020 (IPS) The Covid-19 crisis has had several unexpected effects, including renewed attention to food security concerns. Earlier understandings of food security in terms of production self-sufficiency have given way to importing supplies since late 20th century promotion of trade liberalization. Jomo Kwame SundaramTransnational food business Disruption of transnational food supply chains and the devastation of many vulnerable livelihoods by policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic have revived interest in earlier understandings of food self-sufficien...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Wan Manan Muda Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Benefits of prolonged infusion of beta-lactam antibiotics in patients with sepsis: personal perspectives
INTRODUCTION: In the current era of relatively scarce antibiotic production and significant levels of antimicrobial resistance, optimization of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antibiotic therapy is mandatory. Prolonged infusion of beta-lactam antibiotics in comparison to the intermittent infusion has the theoretical advantage of better patient outcomes. Apparently, conflicting data in the literature possibly underestimate the benefits of prolonged infusion of antibiotic treatment. AREAS COVERED: We provide our perspective on the subject based on our experience and by critically evaluating literature data. EXPERT O...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Detection of Ciprofloxacin-Resistant, β-Lactamase-Producing Neisseria meningitidis Serogroup Y Isolates - United States, 2019-2020
This report describes a novel, antibiotic-resistant strain of Neisseria meningitidis bacteria that has been detected in the United States. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 18, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Antibiotic and Antimicrobial Resistance MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Meningococcal Disease Source Type: news

Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance
Which bacteria are considered the most threatening resistant organisms in the U.S.? Learn about their mechanisms of resistance and new antibiotics to combat them in this review.U.S. Pharmacist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Under-investigated plants from the myrtle family found to have antibacterial activity
(Natural News) Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) continues to be a global health threat. As microbial pathogens develop new resistance mechanisms, common infectious diseases become difficult to treat. As a consequence, they also become more dangerous. For instance, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2014, nearly half-a-million people died from tuberculosis, which was caused by a... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. FDA Approves New Pediatric Formulation of SIRTURO ® (bedaquiline) as Part of Combination Therapy to Treat Children with Pulmonary Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, May 27, 2020 — The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for a new pediatric formulation of SIRTURO® (bedaquiline). SIRTURO® is now indicated for use as part of combination therapy in the treatment of adult and pediatric patients (5 years and older and weighing at least 15 kg) with pulmonary multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR‑TB). In the U.S., the medicine should be reserved for use when an effective treatment regimen cannot otherwise be provided. This indication received acceler...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - May 27, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic considerations in antimicrobial therapy for sepsis
Introduction: Antimicrobial dose optimization for the treatment of sepsis remains challenging because of dynamic pharmacokinetic alterations and physiological/pathological responses of the host. Subtherapeutic plasma levels of antimicrobials are commonly observed in patients with sepsis, which potentially leads to both treatment failure and emergence of antimicrobial resistance. The knowledge of antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics is helpful in order to tailor antimicrobial dosing strategies. Areas covered: This narrative review summarizes pharmacokinetic alterations of antimicrobial agents and provides use...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus lessons for the fight against ‘superbugs’
The world needs to act now to avert the threat from antimicrobial resistance (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New drug formulation could treat Candida infections
With antimicrobial resistance (AMR) increasing around the world, new research led by the University of Bristol has shown a new drug formulation could possibly be used in antifungal treatments against Candida infections. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - April 28, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, International, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Dental School; Press Release Source Type: news

Aquaculture at the crossroads of global warming and antimicrobial resistance
(Institut de recherche pour le d é veloppement) Antimicrobial resistance is responsible for some 700 000 deaths each year worldwide. In relation to this phenomenon, a team of researchers from IRD and CIRAD have raised the alarm regarding the development of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in aquaculture, which is affecting fish production and human health worldwide. Their study, published in Nature Communications on ... April 2020, established for the first time a link between global warming and an increased risk of antimicrobial resistance, and warned against inappropriate use of antibiotics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 20, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

We Need to Rethink Our Food System to Prevent the Next Pandemic
Once a dangerous new pathogen is out, as we are seeing, it can be difficult if not impossible to prevent it going global. One as contagious as SARS-CoV-2 has the potential to infect the whole of humanity. Eighty per cent of cases may be benign, but with such a large pool of susceptible hosts, the numbers who experience severe illness and die can still be shockingly high. So the only sensible answer to the question, how do we stop this from happening again, is: by doing all we can to prevent such pathogens infecting humans in the first place. And that means taking a long, hard look at our relationship with the natural world...
Source: TIME: Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laura Spinney Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

NHS could save £ 89 million and further fight against antimicrobial resistance
(Taylor& Francis Group) The NHS could save up to £ 89 million a year on unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics, and further its efforts in the fight against antimicrobial resistance -- if it was to comprehensively introduce already available and accurate point-of-care (POCTs) diagnostic tests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Merck ’s Dr. Julie Gerberding on the threat of antimicrobial resistance and COVID-19
As America ’s biopharmaceutical companies workaround the clock to combat COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel strain of coronavirus, now is an important time to consider how we can prepare for the next public health emergency: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that make the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year, and more than 35,000 people die as a r...
Source: The Catalyst - April 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Research and Development PhRMA Member Company Infectious Diseases Coronavirus Source Type: news

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Reporting Protocol 2020: European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) Surveillance Data for 2019
Source: European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Published: 3/31/2020. This 41-page reporting protocol is for the 2020 data call for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance data collected by the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) for 2019. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World Health Organization Antimicrobial Expert Explains Transmission Of Coronavirus
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Dr. Hanan Balkhy, assistant director-general for antimicrobial resistance at the World Health Organization, about the transmissibility of the coronavirus. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC Ranks Two More Drug-Resistant Microbes as ‘Urgent Threat’ to Americans; Clinical Laboratories Are Advised to Increase Awareness of Antimicrobial Resistance
In a separate study, HHS finds a 40% increase in sepsis cases, as more patients succumb to infections without effective antibiotics and antimicrobial drugs Given the drastic steps being taken to slow the spread of the Coronavirus in America, it’s easy to forget that significant numbers of patients die each year due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 20, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations News From Dark Daily anatomic pathology antibiotic resistance c. auris C. difficile Candida au Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Carbapenemase-Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in a Ventilator-Capable Skilled Nursing Facility - Maricopa County, Arizona, July-November 2018
Maricopa County Department of Public Health in Arizona investigated a cluster of two genetically similar antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in residents of the ventilator-capable unit of a skilled nursing facility to look for health care-associated bacterial spread. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - March 12, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Antibiotic and Antimicrobial Resistance Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Source Type: news

Antimicrobial resistance and infections
This e-learning programme aims to help community pharmacy staff understand the connection between antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance and identify their role in optimising antibiotic use in the general population who visit their pharmacy. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Malaria triple therapies ‘effective and safe’
First trials show improved outcomes in countries with multi-drug resistant malaria. Related items fromOnMedica Single-dose malaria drug eliminates parasite from liver NI launches ‘One Health’ plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance ‘Conclusive evidence’ that antiretroviral therapy wards off HIV transmission HPV programme linked to dramatic fall in cervical disease £30 million to tackle antimicrobial resistance (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS battles coronavirus fake news
Package of measures launched Related items fromOnMedica Should we recognise obesity as a disease? NI launches ‘One Health’ plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance Higher daily nut consumption linked to lower weight gain Midwives demand ‘equivalence’ in prison perinatal care NHS must improve access to screening to save lives (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 9, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

IVI and DTU to strengthen external quality assurance in the face of rising AMR in Asia
(International Vaccine Institute) The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) and the Technical University of Denmark's (DTU) National Food Institute announced today a joint effort to strengthen external quality assurance programs for diagnostic laboratories in Asia to confront the challenges of rising antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the region. The partnership was established following the award of a Fleming Fund Regional Grant with DTU as the lead grantee and will carry out the project under the name EQASIA (Strengthening External Quality Assurance for AMR in Asia). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Government plan for tackling coronavirus published
Retired NHS staff could be called back to help out if service cannot cope as cases escalate and staff call in sick Related items fromOnMedica Going Viral Unhealthy ambition £30 million to tackle antimicrobial resistance NHS announces wider surveillance testing for COVID-19 ‘Big Food’ a major driver for obesity pandemic (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news