UKVDL Map of the Month: Antimicrobial Resistance

UKVDL Map of the Month: Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance cases, January 2010 - present

Photo: University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antivirals, and antimalarials) from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist, and can spread to others.

AMR is a real concern to the veterinary and human health world.

The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory’s (UKVDL) new antimicrobial resistance and susceptibility map allows users to look at resistance patterns in Kentucky’s animal population that have been tested at the lab. This can help veterinarians narrow down the best antimicrobials to use for treatment.

Case Results

Photo: University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Data is available from January 1, 2010, to present.

See each month’s featured map at vdl.uky.edu/FeaturedMap.aspx.

Individuals with questions or concerns about disease outbreaks can contact UKVDL at 859/257-8283.

Jacqueline Smith, PhD, MSc, BSc, Dipl. AVES, UKVDL epidemiologist and adjunct professor of epidemiology at Lincoln Memorial University, is the founder of the UKVDL Disease Mapping Initiative, a database designed to record all infectious disease cases submitted to the UKVDL.


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