Scottish One Health Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance in 2017

Publication Date: 13 November 2018

​​Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) remains a major public health issue. AMR occurs when microorganisms, such as bacteria, adapt the ability to survive exposure to a treatment that would normally kill them.​

Inappropriate and unnecessary antibiotic use speeds up the development of AMR. A ‘One Health’ approach is required to tackle AMR and its drivers across all settings (humans, animals and the environment).This report describes a range of AMR and antimicrobial use (AMU) data in human, and animal infections.​

REVISION, November 2019: Revisions to the data and text were made on page 36 of the report, Figure 28, Tab 49 of the appendix, and the 'antimicrobial resistance in animals' infographic. This is to reflect new data becoming available following re-testing of E. coli isolates from healthy animals in Scotland.

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Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Surveillance Report