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Antimicrobial resistance

 

Antimicrobial resistance. Photo: Maria Finn/SVA

 

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the strategic research areas at SVA. Photo: Maria Finn/SVA

Research on antimicrobial resistance at SVA has a veterinary perspective but with a “One Health” approach. Veterinary pathogens including zoonotic agents as well as indicator bacteria are studied. Additionally we have projects on treatment of bacterial infections, consumption of antimicrobials and resistant bacteria in food and the environment.

For more than 50 years, antimicrobials have been used in human and veterinary medicine. In many countries outside the EU, antimicrobials are also used to promote growth in animals. Resistance is becoming more and more widespread among bacteria causing diseases in people and animals. Few truly new antimicrobials reach the market. It is therefore imperative to curb the development of resistance. Antimicrobials should be used only when needed and the selection of antimicrobials to use should then be well guided to ensure maximum efficacy with minimum side effects (including resistance).

Research on antimicrobial resistance is a way to gain knowledge that is needed to take measures and develop strategies against spread of resistant bacteria and resistance genes. Further, better knowledge on how to treat animals optimally with antimicrobials will improve animal health and reduce the total consumption.

Antimicrobial resistance is not limited by country boarders. SVA participate in several international research projects, for example with China, France and The Netherlands, and is open for new collaborations with foreign institutes and universities.

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