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COVID-19’s antimicrobial resistance up for discussion



HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 6 (ACN) The problem of antimicrobial resistance in the context of Covid-19 and the importance of early diagnosis will top the agenda of a virtual scientific meeting to be held in Cuba from today until December 17th.

Intended to strengthen surveillance of pathogens related to healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and their antimicrobial resistance, this III National Workshop—sponsored by the Ministry of Public Health and the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine, among other institutions—will also delve into the essential role of infection control programs and will provide an update on the treatment of multidrug-resistant hospital-acquired pathogens.

How microbiological surveillance can help improve the use of antimicrobials and new methodologies for the phenotypic detection of resistance mechanisms will also be under discussion in this conference, which will also devote a session to the gaps and weaknesses imposed by COVID-19 in HAI diagnosis in Cuba.

According to the announcement on the platform Infomed, the forum is aimed at microbiologists, assistance physicians (adult and pediatric intensivists, infectologists) and epidemiologists, and it will cover topics such as biological samples for the diagnosis of bacterial and fungal over-infections in COVID-19 patients; update of the microbiological diagnosis of HAI-related pathogens, and the treatment of hospital infections by multidrug-resistant pathogens.

Increased by COVID-19, humans’ growing antimicrobial resistance at global level calls for urgent measures to step up surveillance of pathogens that produce healthcare-associated infections at a time when the available therapeutic resources to treat hospital infections are gradually decreasing and the horizon for new drugs is still bleak, hence the need for continuous training of microbiologists and doctors in the management of infections.

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