Redoubled efforts to reduce antibiotic use

Concerns that efforts to limit the spread of hard-to-treat bacteria may be failing has led the Health Ministry to overtake the job of reducing antibiotic use from Sundhedsstyrelsen, a state body responsible for regulating medication. In 2010, Sundhedsstyrelsen was given the task of reducing antibiotic use in the health service and by the nation's veterinarians. Use is on the rise again, and by directly managing efforts to reverse the trend the Health Ministry hopes it can involve specialists from each of the five healthcare regions. In the past ten years, the number of Danes infected each year with MRSA, a common type of antibiotic resistant bacteria, has risen from 200 to 1,300. – Politiken