Date: 24-26 July 2024

Location: Samyan Mitrtown, Bangkok, Thailand

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Context and WorldFish participation:

Antibiotic resistance (AMR), a true One Health challenge, is declared by WHO as one of the top 10 public health threats facing humanity. AMR bacteria, and the AMR genes and mobile elements that confer resistance, can readily transfer between human, terrestrial and aquatic systems. Antibiotics are widely used in aquaculture, as in other animal production systems, to control bacterial diseases.

There is concern that this use in many countries is not well controlled, posing potential risks that this will drive the emergence, maintenance and transfer of resistance. The steps that need to be taken at an international and national level to build the capacity to better assess, contain and mitigate these threats will be discussed. These include the development and implementation of effective regulations to control the sale and use of antibiotics in this sector.

Effective surveillance is also required to more accurately understand what antibiotics are being used in aquaculture production in these countries and what is driving this use. Effective AMR surveillance systems are also required to determine what resistant bacteria are circulating in these systems, and to identify new and emerging AMR bacteria and genes.

WorldFish's David Vermer-Jeffreys will share his knowledge and expertise on effective mitigations and interventions in antimicrobial resistance in aquaculture that need to be developed and implemented, such as improved farming practices and biosecurity, and effective vaccines. He will also take reference to the One Health approach to showcase how these capacities are being strengthened in major aquaculture-producing countries in Asia and Africa.



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