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Detecting new forms of antibiotic resistance

07.11.2022 - Multidrug-resistant pathogens pose an increasing risk to public health. To contain the spread of these types of bacteria, it is important to detect them early on. In Switzerland, this is done by the national reference laboratory for early detection and surveillance of new forms of antibiotic resistance (NARA).

Fattening calves in the fresh air

07.11.2022 - Reducing antibiotic consumption and improving animal welfare for the same fattening efficiency – the “outdoor calf” research project being conducted by the Vetsuisse faculty at the University of Bern shows that this can be achieved in calf fattening. Find out more in this guest article by Jens Becker.

Tools for antibiotic prescribing

11.05.2022 - There is still room for improvement when it comes to prescribing antibiotics in outpatient settings. As part of the Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance (StAR), various tools have been developed for doctors for this purpose.

Keeping multiresistant pathogens under control

11.05.2022 - In the last two years SARS-CoV-2 has dominated activity at healthcare facilities. Other challenges, such as preventing and controlling multiresistant pathogens (MRPs) and monitoring newly emerging pathogens such as Candida auris, have taken a back seat.

Report on consumption of antibiotics by pets

11.05.2022 - Veterinarians must record prescriptions of antibiotics in the Information System on Antibiotics in Veterinary Medicine (IS ABV). After the report on livestock, the first report on data from dogs, cats and horses is now also available.

Healthy animals need fewer antibiotics

18.11.2021 - Nadine Metzger, former co-project leader StAR «Animal» at the FSVO, talks in the video about her personal insights and experiences after five years of implementing the StAR strategy.

Fighting bacteria with nanoparticles

18.11.2021 - Multi-resistant pathogens are a serious and increasing problem in today's medicine. Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich have now developed a completely new method that allows multi-resistant pathogens to be killed in a targeted manner.

Resistant bacteria on raw chicken

18.11.2021 - Resistant bacteria can be transmitted to humans from food and animals. Where is the risk greatest and how can consumers be motivated to reduce this risk?

Are we prepared for the silent pandemic of antibiotic resistance?

18.11.2021 - Overshadowed by COVID-19, antibiotic resistance continues to spread worldwide. The development of new antibiotics could help to solve the problem – but is enough being done currently?

Interview with Anne Lévy, Director of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

30.08.2021 - "As a proponent of the One Health approach I would say that the StAR strategy has great significance for me and the FOPH. It’s a first successful step in terms of interdisciplinary prevention in Switzerland."

Interview with Hans Wyss, Director of the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO)

30.08.2021 - "Reducing resistance to antibiotics is a huge challenge, and we will be successful only if the offices responsible for human medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture and the environment work together."

Interview with Christian Hofer, Director of the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)

30.08.2021 - "Animal health is crucially important for sustainable animal production. Antibiotic use in agricultural animal husbandry has declined by 50 % in the last 10 years."

Interview with Katrin Schneeberger, Director of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

30.08.2021 - "The fight against COVID-19 and against antibiotic resistance also highlights the importance of the One Health strategy, which aims to improve human and animal health in an intact environment."

Antimicrobial Stewardship - the responsible use of antibiotics in human medicine

05.05.2021 - In the video with Julia Bielicki, MD, and Prof. Andreas Widmer, MD, you will learn what an antimicrobial stewardship programme is and how they are implemented in hospitals.

ReLait – reducing antibiotics in dairy farming

05.05.2021 - The Canton of Fribourg seeks to reduce antibiotic use in dairy farming. Its ReLait project focuses on prevention measures in udder health, uterine health and calf health.

Resistant germs in horses

05.05.2021 - Infections in horses are often treated with antibiotics. Bacteria can mutate and become resistant to active substances. One example of this is wound infections with MRSA germs which impair wound healing.

Swiss Antibiotic Resistance Report 2020

18.11.2020 - How is antibiotic consumption evolving in Switzerland? What is the situation regarding antibiotic contamination of waterbodies? And how badly is Switzerland affected by infections caused by resistant bacteria? The answers to these questions can be found in the Swiss Antibiotic Resistance Report 2020.

«Effective antibiotics are important for our future»

18.11.2020 - Watch the video with Stefan Kuster, Head of Communicable Diseases FOPH.

The One-Health Principle

18.11.2020 - Katharina Stärk, Head of the Animal Health Division FSVO, explains why One Health is so important.

Switzerland and antibiotics – 2020 survey

18.11.2020 - What do the public know about antibiotics and the development of antibiotic resistance? Are antibiotics used correctly? A representative survey highlights the knowledge gaps that need to be addressed.

Healthy hooves – less antibiotics

18.11.2020 - With its «Healthy hooves – a firm foundation for the future» project, Switzerland is seeking among other things to bring about a long-term reduction in the use of antibiotics and disinfectants containing heavy metals.

Recording antibiotic prescriptions in veterinary medicine

09.09.2020 - The Information System on Antibiotics in Veterinary Medicine (IS ABV) records all antibiotic treatments administered by veterinarians.

Is the Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance on the right path?

09.09.2020 - Implementation of the Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance is being monitored by a formative evaluation over the course of about four years. Thereafter, an interim evaluation will allow any necessary amendments to the strategy and its implementation to be made.

Voices from the pharmacy on the campaign to return unused antibiotics

09.09.2020 - In November 2019, the StAR campaign «Antibiotics: Use wisely, take precisely» called on the public to return old and surplus antibiotics. In the video, pharmacists explain how they raise their customers’ awareness of the problem of antibiotic resistance.

Global AMR R&D Hub

09.09.2020 - The Global Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Development Hub, or Global AMR R&D Hub for short, is supporting evidenced based decision making on where efforts and resources may be best allocated for AMR R&D.

Campaign to return unused antibiotics

15.11.2019 - What should you do with antibiotics you no longer need? If you use them inappropriately later on, give them to someone else or don’t dispose of them correctly, resistance to antibiotics can build up and they can even become ineffective. For this reason, 18 November sees the launch of a national campaign encouraging people to return unused antibiotics.

Initial success in the fight against mastitis

15.11.2019 - In Canton Ticino, a pilot project is underway to eradicate Staphylococcus aureus genotype B, a pathogen that causes contagious udder infections in cows. The project aims to lower the number of infected udders, decrease antibiotic use, improve milk quality and reduce veterinary costs. A year and a half later, the results look promising. Learn more about the project in the video.

International ministerial conference: Joining forces to combat antimicrobial resistance

15.11.2019 - Antibiotic resistance is a global problem: all over the world, more and more bacteria are becoming resistant, and an increasing number of people are dying from infections it used to be possible to treat. International cooperation has to be stepped up to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics in the long term. With this goal, more than 200 representatives from over 40 nations met for the 2nd Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in the Netherlands.

Water treatment: new solutions for hospital wastewater

15.11.2019 - Whenever the sewer system is overloaded after heavy rain, part of the wastewater gets into our rivers, streams and lakes unpurified – and with it antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This is particularly unwelcome when it comes to hospital wastewater. Now the interplay between wastewater treatment installations and the sewer system is to be optimised.

Fewer infections after surgery

15.11.2019 - Wound infections are complications that can occur following an operation, and delay healing. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Many of them can be avoided with preventive measures. Swissnoso, the National Centre for Infection Control, has developed a suite of practical measures. Since 2018 the SSI Intervention preventive module has been available to all Swiss hospitals.

Last modification 22.11.2021

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