Thursday, 17 April 2014

Tackling antimicrobial resistance

The looming disaster of antimicrobial resistance is a well-known one, but what is European strategy for tackling this ‘catastrophic threat’?  In an article for Laboratory News Tim Sandle examines the strategy and discusses the key implications.The link for the article is located below.

Antibiotic resistance more typically occurs when a sub-population of a microorganism survive the treatment of a bacterial population with an antimicrobial. Here as the sub-population regenerates, resistance is transferred to newly formed clones. It is an increasing problem, especially in the hospital setting.

The European Union has drawn up a strategy to slow-down the rate of antibiotic resistance. This strategy is dissected in the article, along with the global implications of the antibiotic resistance threat. The article can be accessed, for free, on-line here: Lab News.

The reference is:

Sandle, T. (2014) Taking on the resistance, Laboratory News, March 2014, pp20-21

Posted by Tim Sandle