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A Strategy for the control of antimicrobial resistance in Ireland (2001)


National Disease Surveillance Centre

Subject Keywords: Disease Surveillance
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

Antimicrobial agents have played a major role in reducing the threat from communicable diseases. In recent years, however, resistance to these agents has been recognised as a major threat to public health. The widespread use of antimicrobial agents has increasingly resulted in the selection of micro-organisms that are resistant. Across Europe, these resistant organisms are causing disease in the community and hospital setting, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality rates. The spread of antimicrobial resistance means that this is no longer regarded as a national problem but rather a global problem that requires a co-ordinated effort. It was therefore thought important to develop high quality surveillance systems that will provide the information that will underpin effective strategies to counter the threat. The successful participation of NDSC in the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System represents an important step in this effort.



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National Disease Surveillance Centre. (2001) A Strategy for the control of antimicrobial resistance in Ireland (2001) [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st November 2019].


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