Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Antibiotics and Superbugs - Updated

In recent years the growth in antibiotic-resistant infections has become a major public health issue. So-called 'superbugs' have gone from isolated outbreaks to being almost endemic in some health care facilities and are spreading into the community at large.

Winnipeg's National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) is a partner in Antibiotic Awareness Day 2010.

On Thursday, November 18th, they will be hosting nine free webinars by Canadian experts in the area of antibiotic use and resistance. For a full list of webinar topics, how you can join, and a list of other resources visit the Antibiotic Awareness Day website.

On Friday November 19th there will be a presentation at the U of M Bannatyne Campus entitled  Antibiotic Use and Resistance.

See here for a 'q and a' on antibiotic resistant infections.

Clostridium difficile bacteria, "C-diff" (source)

Some recent media articles on the topic: 


Antibiotic Awareness Day in Canada
News Release

Antimicrobial resistance: revisiting the “tragedy of the commons”
World Health Organization Bulletin, Vol 88, Nov 2010
When the NDM1 enzyme-containing “superbugs” struck in India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom earlier this year, media reports blamed medical tourism for its spread. But in this interview, Professor John Conly, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Calgary, argues that the overuse and misuse of antibiotics leading to antimicrobial resistance is the more important topic.

C. diff outbreak continues at St. Joe's
The Hamilton Spectator, 15 Nov 2010
The C. difficile outbreak at St. Joseph's Healthcare has grown by another case, bringing to 27 the number of patients contracting the painful and insidious infection since the beginning of October.

Several cases of C.difficile, MRSA at Ontario hospital
The Canadian Press, 13 Nov 2010
A hospital in Peterborough stopped admitting patients to one of its units as of Friday because of an "uncommon" outbreak of three different bacteria, including two superbugs.

Drug-resistant superbug cases rising in Canada
CTV.ca 10 Nov, 2010
The Public Health Agency of Canada says eight cases of NDM-1 bacterial infection, which is immune to most, if not all, antibiotics, have now been confirmed


The Abuse of Antibiotics, Part 1
The Abuse of Antibiotics, Part 2
The Abuse of Antibiotics, Part 3
The Epoch Times, 16 Nov 2010

CDC Launches Third Annual Campaign to Raise Awareness on Antibiotic-resistant infections
‎The Centers for Disease Control News Release, 15 Nov 2010
Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health threats. To bring attention to this increasing problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government partners will observe its third annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week on November 15-21, 2010.

A Variety Of Types Of C Difficile Are Now Common Across European Hospitals
Medical News Today, 16 Nov 2010
These findings underscore the importance of local surveillance to detect and control endemic and epidemic C difficile infection.

Britain has highest rates of dangerous superbug in Europe: research
The Telegraph (UK) , 16 Nov 2010
Britain has the highest proportion of a dangerous 'super-strain' of the hospital bug Clostridium difficile in Europe, according to a new study.

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