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Canada Communicable Disease Report CCDR

ISSN 1481-8531 (On-line)

CCDR: Volume 40 S-2, November 7, 2014

For readers interested in the PDF version, the document is available for download or viewing: CCDR: Volume 40 S-2, November 7, 2014 (PDF document - 1.98 MB - 45 pages)

Inside this supplement: Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an emerging global public health issue that could affect any one of us. Most antibiotic use in Canada is not in humans - it is in livestock. Thus, addressing AMR involves not only our medical systems, but also veterinary medicine, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Learn about how all the key federal partners have come together on a Federal Framework for Action, the extent of AMR in Canada, and how we are starting to be exposed to AMR organisms in the meat we eat. Then read about a national information campaign that will soon be launched to mark Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 17-21, 2014.


Antimicrobial resistance and use in Canada: A federal framework for action
Public Health Agency of Canada, in participation with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Canada, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


Antimicrobial resistance surveillance in Canadian hospitals, 2007-2012
Gravel D, Archibald CP, Pelude L, Mulvey M, Golding G

Antibiotic recommendations of office-based physicians, 2007-2011
Finley R

Antibiotic purchasing by Canadian hospitals, 2007-2011
Finley R

Canadian integrated program for antimicrobial resistance surveillance: Retail food highlights, 2003-2012
Avery BP, Parmley EJ, Reid-Smith RJ, Daignault D, Finley RL, Irwin RJ

Case study

Ciprofloxacin resistant Campylobacter in broiler chicken in Canada
Agunos A, Léger DF, Avery BP, Parmley EJ, Deckert AE, Carson CA, Reid-Smith RJ, Irwin RJ


New resources to address antibiotic resistance are just a click away
Dowd-Schmidtke C, Tremblay G, Gale-Rowe M, Dodds J, Finley R

Upcoming webinars

November 17, 2014: Launch of the Public Health Agency of Canada AMR Awareness CampaignExternal Link

November 20, 2014: Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Canada - Surveillance UpdateExternal Link