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Recent data from the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) show a large increase of +57% in species bloodstream infections in the European Union and European Economic Area in the first years of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020–2021) compared with 2018–2019. Most were resistant to carbapenems, from intensive care units, and in countries with ≥ 50% carbapenem resistance in spp. in 2018–2019. This highlights the requirement for reinforced preparedness and infection prevention and control in Europe.


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