Rapid risk assessment: Risk related to the use of ‘do-it-yourself' CRISPR-associated gene engineering kit contaminated with pathogenic bacteria
On 24 March 2017, the German authorities reported the contamination of a ‘do-it-yourself’ bacterial gene engineering CRISPR kit produced in the US. The kit was contaminated with pathogenic bacteria (risk group 2), including some bacteria that are multidrug-resistant and ESBL-producing. The risk of infection by the contaminating strains in the kit is low for the users of the kit, assuming that they are healthy people. The contribution of the kit to the burden of antimicrobial resistance in the EU/EEA population and environment is marginal, and the risk associated with the kits is considered very low.
Rapid risk assessment: Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in healthcare settings – 8 December 2016
9 Dec 2016 - This risk assessment provides an overview of the epidemiological situation in Europe and describes a number of response options.
Rapid Risk Assessment: Plasmid-mediated colistin resistance in Enterobacteriaceae, 15 June 2016
15 Jun 2016 - This document assesses the risk for patients and healthcare systems in the EU/EEA due to the global mcr-1 plasmid-mediated gene epidemic.