This is the first annual report of the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) after the transition of the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS) to ECDC on 1 January 2010.
EARS-Net is a European-wide network of national surveillance systems, providing European reference data on antimicrobial resistance for public health purposes. The network is coordinated and funded by ECDC. It conducts surveillance of antimicrobial susceptibility in seven major invasive pathogens of public health importance: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
This report presents antimicrobial resistance data reported to EARS-Net by 28 countries in 2009 and results of trend analyses, including EARSS data from previous years.