Climate Change and Antibiotic Resistance

A special issue of Antibiotics (ISSN 2079-6382).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 140

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Infectious Diseases Unit, Department of Health Promotion Sciences, Maternal and Infant Care, Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties “G. D’Alessandro”, University of Palermo, via del Vespro 129, 90127 Palermo, Italy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There has been growing interest in the potential impacts of climate change and the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) of fungi and bacteria that are more sensitive to heat exposure due to changing climate variables, particularly the rising ambient temperature. These microorganisms can be found in natural and hospital environments and can cause opportunistic infections in at-risk groups such as the elderly, young, and immunocompromised individuals. Understanding their similarity in cell response to heat and antibiotics is crucial in preventing, detecting, and treating such infections.

One of the most significant and frequently identified bacteria in environmental and human samples is Acinetobacter baumannii. Due to the expected temperature increases caused by global warming, this bacterium will experience severe range expansion in several regions. Risk maps created for 2050 and 2070 using two alternative CPRs indicate that various areas will be at risk of this bacterium due to the aforementioned temperature increase. Therefore, conducting further data analyses and GIS evaluations of these results is essential, especially locally.

Candida auris is responsible for infections such as UTIs in children and adults. It is more thermotolerant than other yeasts and may have appeared due to global warming.

In addition, the air conditioning systems of intensive care units and the construction of new hospitals must adapt to climate change as our times require.

Research is needed to understand how interactions between environmental microbes shape virulence and resistance on our warming planet. An increased understanding of the interrelatedness between climate change and microorganisms could help improve prevention, detection, and treatment efforts.

Because of unanswered questions, this Special Issue will bring together papers focusing on the impact of climate change on the interactions between environmental organisms and how this shapes virulence and resistance.

Dr. Paola Di Carlo
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  • climate change
  • antibiotic resistance
  • bacterial infections
  • global warming

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