Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance

7 November 2017 | Geneva – WHO is recommending that farmers and the food industry stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals.

The new WHO recommendations aim to help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics that are important for human medicine by reducing their unnecessary use in animals. In some countries, approximately 80% of total consumption of medically important antibiotics is in the animal sector, largely for growth promotion in healthy animals.

Minister for Health convenes the National Public Health Emergency Team as a public health response to the CPE superbug

The Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today announced that he is convening the National Public Health Emergency Team, as a public health response to the CPE/CRE superbug. Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) has been declared as a public health emergency, so that it is managed in line with the Public Health Plans which have been previously put in place for influenza.

CPE (also referred to as Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)) is the newest in a long line of ‘superbugs’ or bacteria that are hard to kill with antibiotics and are a particular problem in hospital settings.

National Public Health Emergency Team as a public health response to CPE superbug

Ireland’s National Action Plan on AMR 2017-2020 Published

Ireland’s National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2017-2020 (iNAP) recognises the urgent and growing problem of antimicrobial resistance for human health worldwide. It aims to implement policies and actions to prevent, monitor and combat AMR across the health, agricultural and environmental sectors. Reducing the inappropriate use of antimicrobial medicines, as well as preventing the transmission of infections and disease, is vital to stop the development and spread of resistant microorganisms.

AMR National Plan