Surveillance and prevalence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria from public settings within urban built environments: challenges and opportunities for hygiene and infection control

Cave, Rory, Cole, Jennifer and Mkrtchyan, Hermine (2021) Surveillance and prevalence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria from public settings within urban built environments: challenges and opportunities for hygiene and infection control. Environment International, 157. p. 106836. ISSN 0160-4120

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Abstract

Antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria present one of the biggest threats to public health; this must not be forgotten while global attention is focussed on the COVID-19 pandemic. Resistant bacteria have been demonstrated to be transmittable to humans in many different environments, including public settings in urban built environments where high-density human activity can be found, including public transport, sports arenas and schools. However, in comparison to healthcare settings and agriculture, there is very little surveillance of AMR in the built environment outside of healthcare settings and wastewater. In this review, we analyse the existing literature to aid our understanding of what surveillance has been conducted within different public settings and identify what this tells us about the prevalence of AMR. We highlight the challenges that have been reported; and make recommendations for future studies that will help to fill knowledge gaps present in the literature.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Antibiotic resistance, Hygiene, Infection control, Public settings, Epidemiology, Metagenomics
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health > Infection prevention
Medicine and health
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Depositing User: Hermine Mkrtchyan
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2021 13:25
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2021 13:25
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8228

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