A European report today on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria that can be transmitted between animals and people shows high levels of resistance to drugs commonly used to treat certain foodborne illnesses, along with worrisome levels of multidrug resistance.

The European Union (EU) summary report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals, and food, released today by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), covers resistance data collected by EU member states in 2017 from humans, pigs, calves under 1 year of age, and beef and pork. The data focus on resistance levels in Salmonella, Campylobacter, Escherichia coli, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus—the main infection-causing bacteria that can be acquired directly from animals through environmental exposure or consumption of meat.


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