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Parliamentary questions
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7 December 2016
E-009255-16
Question for written answer E-009255-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Eleftherios Synadinos (NI)

 Subject:  Action plan on bacterial resistance in the livestock sector
 Answer in writing 

According to data published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention (ECDC), resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae infections to carbapenems, the latest and last-line generation of antibiotics, has increased by 30% between 2012 and 2015(1).

Hospitals are particularly affected by growing bacterial resistance to a range of existing antibiotics, including carbapenems.

There has also been a significant increase in the total consumption of antibiotics among the general population outside the hospital environment, as illustrated by the number of packages per 1 000 inhabitants per day and the daily doses per 1 000 inhabitants.

The Health and Food Safety Commissioner has announced an action plan for the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance for 2017.

Given that up to 75% of the antibiotics used in agriculture and taken by humans are unnecessary and that seven in ten newly discovered human diseases are of animal origin and result from the inappropriate use of antibiotics in the livestock sector, can the Commission answer the following questions:
1. Will it extend its action plan to cover prevention and control in the livestock sector, in addition to the actions envisaged by the Commissioner?
2. Will it set targets and take specific action against the inappropriate use of antibiotics in the livestock sector?

(1)http://www.kathimerini.gr/884254/article/epikairothta/ellada/neo-kampanaki-gia-antiviotika

Original language of question: EL 
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