Rise of carbapenem-resistant Enterobactericaeae: A threat to health in Europe
Infections with bacteria resistant to carbapenems, a group of highly effective antibiotics, pose a significant threat to patients and healthcare systems in all EU/EEA countries, warns ECDC in a Rapid Risk Assessment.
Call for scientific collaboration to support genomic-based surveillance of carbapenem-resistant and/or colistin-resistant Enterobacteriaceae at the EU-level
ECDC is looking to establish a scientific collaboration with an organisation which can perform whole genome sequencing (WGS), carry out related data analyses, and visualise the results.
US CDC report on antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013
Antimicrobial resistance represent a serious threat to public health and patient safety and is a worldwide problem. Each year, in the European Union (EU) at least 25 000 patients die of infections with multidrug-resistant bacteria.
US CDC guidance for control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) – 2012 CRE toolkitArchived
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) or carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are highly resistant to antibiotics, leaving only a few options for treatment of infected patients, and thus represent a serious threat to public health.
Cross-border transfer increases patients’ risk of resistant bacteriaArchived
Patient transfer between hospitals and in particular between countries, is a risk factor for the spread of bacteria that are resistant to last-line antibiotics. More specifically, for highly resistant bacteria, like carbapenamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE), the risk is heightened when patients are transferred from, or have received previous medical care in areas with high rates of bacterial resistance. These are conclusions from a risk assessment produced by ECDC that evaluated the risk to the citizens of Europe, of the spread of CPE through patient transfer between healthcare facilities, with special emphasis on cross-border transfer.