Antibiotic resistance stable in the Netherlands in 2020

During the Coronavirus outbreak, bacteria resistant to antibiotics has remained the same as before the pandemic in patients in the Netherlands.
calendar icon 9 August 2021
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The quantity of antibiotics sold in 2020 for farm animals slightly increased compared to 2019. In comparison to 2009, the reference year, the sale of antibiotics decreased by almost 70%. Almost no antibiotics that are crucial for treating infections in humans have been used for farm animals in recent years.

The level of antibiotic resistance in the various animal sectors decreased over the last decade, but remained approximately the same in comparison to 2019. ESBL producing intestinal bacteria in broiler chickens and on chicken meat were less prevalent in 2020. ESBLs are enzymes that can break down commonly used antibiotics such as penicillins. In the other animal sectors, the prevalence of these resistant bacteria was the same as in 2019.

The quantity of antibiotics sold in 2020 for farm animals slightly increased compared to 2019. In comparison to 2009, the reference year, the sale of antibiotics decreased by almost 70%. Almost no antibiotics that are crucial for treating infections in humans have been used for farm animals in recent years.

The level of antibiotic resistance in the various animal sectors decreased over the last decade, but remained approximately the same in comparison to 2019. ESBL producing intestinal bacteria in broiler chickens and on chicken meat were less prevalent in 2020. ESBLs are enzymes that can break down commonly used antibiotics such as penicillins. In the other animal sectors, the prevalence of these resistant bacteria was the same as in 2019.

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