European Antibiotic Awareness Day: This year we focus on prescribing habits!

The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is taking place today – November, 18. Aim of this initiative is, to make the people aware of Antibiotic Resistance and its negative effects. With DDr. Reinhild Strauss from the Austrian ministry of health spoke Carola Timmel. The European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is an initiative of the European Centre […]

Even the best hospitals around the world fall considerably short in their efforts to protect antibiotic effectiveness for patients

A recently in The Lancet Infectious Diseases published study estimates the potential impact of antibiotic resistance on common surgery and cancer procedures. The surgery is painting a grim picture. With Ramanan Laxminarayan, co-author oft he study and director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) spoke Carola Timmel. The declining effectiveness of […]

Economist Jim O'Neill

Antimicrobial resistance: Jim O’Neill calls for new rapid diagnostics

Rapid diagnostic tools are needed to fix antibiotic crisis: This ist the central message of a report recently published (October, 23) by the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, chaired by Jim O’Neill. The paper with the title Rapid diagnostics: Stopping unnecessary use of antibiotics is an extensive compendium of valuable suggestions. “To avoid the tragedy of […]

Our aim is to enable faster treatments to more patients, while minimising opportunities for superbugs to spread!

The IMB Centre for Superbug solutions at the University of Queensland, Australia, is one of the most important institutions dealing with drugs and diagnostics for superbugs. We spoke with the director of the Centre, Professor Matt Cooper. Mr. Cooper, some weeks ago I read an article in „theguardian“ with the title “Resistance isn’t futile – […]

Austrian Health Minister Sabine Oberhauser: Our goal is to reduce sustainably the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance!

In May the German Minister Hermann Gröhe presented the new Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy (DART 2020). With this measure, important steps with regard to treatment associated infections and antibiotic resistance were initiated. What strategies and measures are planned or already initiated in Austria? We asked the Austrian Minister of Health, Dr. Sabine Oberhauser. If antibiotics don´t […]

Montgomery: Further measures must follow!

Around 25.000 people die every year from antibiotic-resistant infections in the European Union. A recent study, launched by the British government, concluded that without action to check antimicrobial resistance, superbugs would cause the deaths of 10 million people every year. How individual countries respond to this phenomenon, and where are still shortcomings? In this article […]

Prof. Petra Gastmeier

Antimicrobial resistance-survey: Still huge knowledge gaps!

A recently presented survey (in the context of the project RAI/Rational use of antibiotics through information and communication) reveals, that people know few about antimicrobial resistance. „The results show that the topic has arrived in the population, but there are still huge knowledge gaps“, says Prof. Petra Gastmeier, director of the Institute for Hygiene and […]

Prof. Willem van Scheik

„We study the reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes that is harbored by the gut microbiota“

To increase our collective understanding of the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance in human pathogens: This is the overall purpose of EvoTAR (Evolution and Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance), which will organize a International Conference (ICETAR2015) on this item in June (24-26). With Prof. Willem van Scheik (Department of Medical Microbiology, University Utrecht) spoke Carola […]

Second PPS by ECDC (2016-2017): What can we expect?

ECDC is organising a second point prevalence survey (PPS) of HAI and antimicrobial use in acute care hospitals. With Carl Suetens, Senior Expert Healthcare-associated infections at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control spoke Carola Timmel. On May 5 you mentioned (at the symposium on the International day of Hand Hygiene in the Austrian […]

ESCMID warns: Europe may surpass one million deaths due to ineffective antibiotics by 2025

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID) has warned that Britain and Europe collectively could face more than a million deaths in an impending „Antibiotic Armageddon” unless more is done to develop new cures, rapid diagnostics and preventative measures. The spread of drug resistant diseases must be combatted, recently said ESCMID President […]