Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae continue to spread in Europe
Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are an emerging threat to healthcare. Beside the carbapenems – a last-line class of antibiotics – CPE are resistant to most other antibiotics, leaving few options for the treatment of infected patients. In an effort to assess the nature and scale of CPE spread in Europe, a group of European experts is implementing the European Survey on Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae (EuSCAPE).
Collection of online resources for prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections now available
ECDC gathered guidance documents on prevention and control of infection with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) available online, published by EU/EEA Member States, ECDC, other agencies and scientific societies.
ECDC welcomes the endorsement of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance by the World Health Assembly
By endorsing the new global action plan endorsed at the World Health Assembly, WHO Member States agreed to mobilise resources to ensure its implementation and committed to have similar plans at national level by 2017.
Antimicrobial resistance surveillance in Europe 2010
This report presents antimicrobial resistance data reported to EARS-Net by 28 countries for 2010 with trend analyses for the period 2007-2010. This edition also includes a focus chapter on carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae and P. aeruginosa.
European Reference Laboratory Network for TB (ERLTB-Net)
The ERLTB-Net sub-network of reference laboratories from EU/EEA Member States supports harmonisation of methods and laboratory capacity for tuberculosis diagnosis, antimicrobial susceptibility testing and typing in the EU/EEA.
Rapid risk assessment: Potential contamination of Viaspan® organ perfusion solution
Molecular typing of Neisseria gonorrhoeae
In 2011, a pilot study was undertaken to assess the public health benefit of molecular surveillance for gonorrhoea in 21 EU/EEA countries. A total of 1 066 isolates collected under the 2010 European gonococcal antimicrobial surveillance programme were typed and 406 sequence types identified, with considerable diversity among countries.
Antimicrobial resistance surveillance in Europe 2011
This report presents antimicrobial resistance data for seven invasive pathogens of major public health importance: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.