The last few decades have seen a rise in the detection of difficult to treat infections in humans, as some pathogens are resistant to multiple antibiotics. This includes serious disease caused by E. coli. Read on to learn about progress being made in tackling the threat of antibiotic resistance from Dr Sarah Evans, Lead Scientist for Bacterial Diseases and Food Safety.
Sarah Evans is a lead scientist at the Animal and Plant Health Agency. Sarah qualified as a veterinarian at the Royal Veterinary College and, after a period in mixed practice, she gained a Masters and PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Sarah is an expert in veterinary public health and was a senior veterinary epidemiologist at the former Veterinary Laboratories Agency, leading a successful research team undertaking studies on the epidemiology of zoonoses in livestock and development of national surveillance systems.
Sarah currently leads a multi-disciplinary portfolio of strategic research and national surveillance on bacterial diseases and food safety.
Over the past few months, world interest has directed towards the discovery of a novel (new) Coronavirus, coming from an animal source and escalating quickly into the human population, highlighting the importance of a One Health approach to prevent and eradicate zoonotic outbreaks. But these global, high profile cases should not overshadow endemic issues such as food-borne bacteria.
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