Symposium focuses on antibiotic resistance

| November 7, 2013

ecoliThe German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is to hold an international symposium, Antimicrobial Resistance in the Food Chain, in Berlin on the 11 and 12 November. The symposium will highlight the problem of the increasing resistance of bacterial pathogens to antimicrobial drugs.

According to BfR’s Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel, “Where antibiotics are used, resistance is on the increase as well. This applies to animal husbandry as much as to hospitals.” The aim of the symposium is to consider new data on the use of antibiotics and the prevalence of resistance across Germany so that the risks can be assessed and potential control measures discussed.

Day one will focus on the results of monitoring antimicrobial resistance in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and will also consider research projects on specific resistant pathogens, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

On day two the emphasis will shift to data on the sales and consumption of antibiotics in Germany and neighbouring countries. Experiences of active antibiotic reduction strategies in the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany will be discussed, along with other topics, including antimicrobial residues in food and molecular aspects of resistance.

More information (in German) can be found here.

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