Antibiotic Resistance in Companion and Food-Producing Animals, 2nd Edition

A special issue of Antibiotics (ISSN 2079-6382). This special issue belongs to the section "Antibiotics in Animal Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 1827

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Assistant Professor, Microbiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
Interests: antimicrobial resistance; zoonoses; molecular epidemiology;

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Department of Public and One Health, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
Interests: zoonoses; antimicrobial resistance; molecular epidemiology; biofilm production; emerging pathogens
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Dear Colleagues,

Antimicrobial resistance has been characterized as one of the most significant, but silent, pandemics at present, both at the human and veterinary level. In animals, multidrug (MDR) or pan-drug resistance (PDR) is an increasing problem despite the strict restrictions on antibiotic administration that have been imposed at a global level. Companion animals are frequently subjected to repeated ineffective treatments, consequently contributing to the development of resistance. Additionally, in food-producing animals, the widespread misuse of antibiotics has been observed, occasionally including last-line antibiotics—e.g., carbapenems. As both food-producing and companion animals are significant factors in bacterial ecology, they can serve as pools and vehicles of antibiotic resistance, which will inevitably lead to effects being observed on people.

This Special Issue aims to provide the opportunity to publish original research articles presenting the burden of antibiotic resistance in companion and food-producing animals and discussing current and future trends in antibiotic resistance and eradication approaches. This Special Issue also intends to expand our understanding of the molecular and spatial epidemiology of resistant pathogens, as well as of gene transfer among humans, animals, and the environment under the “One Health” approach. Retrospective studies in antibiotic resistance, as well as meta-analyses, would also be highly appreciated. Manuscripts dealing with novel aspects of regulatory matters are also welcome.

Here, you can find the link to this Special Issue’s first edition:

Dr. Marina Sofia
Dr. Dimitris C. Chatzopoulos
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  • antibiotic resistance
  • swine
  • poultry
  • livestock
  • food production
  • gene transfer
  • One Health
  • zoonoses

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16 pages, 1294 KiB  
Multidrug-Resistant Escherichia coli Strains to Last Resort Human Antibiotics Isolated from Healthy Companion Animals in Valencia Region
by Ana Marco-Fuertes, Jaume Jordá, Clara Marin, Laura Lorenzo-Rebenaque, Laura Montoro-Dasi and Santiago Vega
Antibiotics 2023, 12(11), 1638; - 19 Nov 2023
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Failure in antibiotic therapies due to the increase in antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) bacteria is one of the main threats to public and animal health. In recent decades, the perception of companion animals has changed, from being considered as a work tool to a household [...] Read more.
Failure in antibiotic therapies due to the increase in antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) bacteria is one of the main threats to public and animal health. In recent decades, the perception of companion animals has changed, from being considered as a work tool to a household member, creating a family bond and sharing spaces in their daily routine. Hence, the aim of this study is to assess the current epidemiological situation regarding the presence of AMR and multidrug resistance (MDR) in companion animals in the Valencia Region, using the indicator bacteria Escherichia coli as a sentinel. For this purpose, 244 samples of dogs and cats were collected from veterinary centres to assess antimicrobial susceptibility against a panel of 22 antibiotics with public health relevance. A total of 197 E. coli strains were isolated from asymptomatic dogs and cats. The results showed AMR against all the 22 antibiotics studied, including those critically important to human medicine. Moreover, almost 50% of the strains presented MDR. The present study revealed the importance of monitoring AMR and MDR trends in companion animals, as they could pose a risk due to the spread of AMR and its resistance genes to humans, other animals and the environment they cohabit. Full article
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