Every year, 18 November is European Antibiotic Awareness Day. In recent years, the overuse or misuse of antibiotics has been linked to the emergence and spread of micro-organisms which are resistant to them, rendering treatment ineffective and posing a serious risk to public health. To combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Europe, EFSA cooperates closely with other EU agencies such as the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Medicines Agency, particularly on infections that can be transmitted to humans from animals (zoonoses) and food.
News in brief
16 November 2012