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Control of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria of animal origin in Cuba in order to improve animal and human health


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing health problem globally, including both developed and developing countries. As for the latter, little is known on prevalence and impact of AMR but the available data indicate that the problem is as big as in developed countries. One of the major issues in assessing and controlling the spread of AMR in these countries is the lack of laboratory capacity. In this proposal we will combine capacity building for surveillance and research on AMR with surveillance of antimicrobial usage, training of veterinary students in rational use of antimicrobials, and preventing the need for antimicrobials by development of autogenous vaccines. The project will focus on a major problem in pig rearing, enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) infections, causing neonatal and post weaning diarrhoea. As a result of this project, a reference laboratory will be established with enhanced capacity, knowledge and research skills to control one of the most common bacterial diseases in pigs by minimizing and optimizing antimicrobial use.

Intervention type

TEAM projects


01/01/2019 - 31/12/2022

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Patrick Butaye
Local promoter Ivette Espinosa
Local partner institution Universiteit Gent
visit www.ugent.be
Local partner institution Centro Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria
visit http://www.censa.edu.cu/
Other local partners Universidad Central "Marta Abreu" de las Villas
visit http://www.uclv.edu.cu/
Budget € 279.847