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EU supports plan to deal with bacteria resistance to antimicrobials

EU data indicate that bacterial resistance to antimicrobials results in about 700,000 deaths a year worldwide.


Devdiscourse News Desk 13 Jun 2018, 07:00 PM United Kingdom
  • These rules will limit the use of certain antibiotics to humans. (Image Credit: Twitter)

European Union member states on Wednesday backed a plan to counter the threat of bacterium resistance to antimicrobial drugs, which is growing globally by limiting the use of antibiotics in the food chain and limiting the use of some to humans.

The resistance of bacteria threatens the effectiveness of drugs that treat infectious diseases in humans, such as antibiotics, as the development of resistance is greater than the ability of drugs to get rid of bacteria.

EU data indicate that bacterial resistance to antimicrobials results in about 700,000 deaths a year worldwide.

"New EU smart rules will give us strict tools to prevent misuse of antibiotics and reduce the risk of developing bacterial resistance," Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Rumen Borujanov, whose country holds the EU presidency, said.

The new rules, approved by EU ambassadors, set restrictions on the preventive use of those antibiotics with animals that have not yet developed symptoms and provide clearer guidance that other countries outside the EU can follow.

The new rules would prohibit non-European countries wishing to export to Europe from using antibiotics to increase their livestock production, a practice which is already banned in Europe but is available outside.

These rules will limit the use of certain antibiotics to humans.

Those rules still need the approval of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe to be in force.


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