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6 September 2016

Dear colleagues,

On Monday the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics released results from its recent study into UK-origin retail pork and poultry meat sold at the country’s largest food retailers. A quarter of chicken samples contained cephalosporin-resistant ESBL E. coli. Up to 51% of E. coli bacteria from pork and poultry were resistant to trimethoprim and 19% to gentamicin.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


EUCAST publishes tutorial videos on antimicrobial susceptibility testing

The European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) published five instruction videos on how to perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) using EUCAST recommended methods and interpretation. They currently include clips on preparation of inoculum, inoculation, application of disks and incubation, reading of zones and guidance on breakpoint tables.

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ECDC publishes reports on whole genome sequencing, lab capacities

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control published reports on whole genome sequencing (WGS) and laboratory capacities.

According to the EU Laboratory Capability Monitoring System, EULabCap report, which is based on a 2014 survey, capacity of capabilities at public health microbiology laboratories in the European Union Europe improved. Find out more in the press release.

An expert opinion discusses the strategy to harness WGS for public health surveillance to empower disease surveillance and outbreak investigation, while a roadmap outlines the integration of molecular typing and genomic typing into European-level surveillance and epidemic preparedness. The WGS news items can be found here.

EUCAST and ESCMID study groups contributed to both reports. Find all of ECDC’s publications on the organization’s website.

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CMI highlight: challenges of pre-exposure prophylaxis for bacterial STIs

Researchers from Marseille University investigated the challenges associated with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with daily administration of doxycycline as a means to reduce the transmission of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in men who have sex with men. The researchers discuss questions raised by this creative initiative as well as the challenges to improve the control of STIs through the use of PrEP. They conclude that relevant information should be drawn from available epidemiologic data to identify those who could benefit from such prophylactic treatment. They stress that the choice of antimicrobial agents is crucial, as antimicrobial susceptibility of STI agents is heterogeneous.

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