Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases

Emergence and Spread of Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens in an Era of Globalization

Publishing date
20 Jul 2012
Submission deadline
20 Jan 2012

Lead Editor

1College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, Riyadh 11533, Saudi Arabia

2Department of Medical and Morphological Research, Section of Microbiology, Medical School, University of Udine, 33100 Udine, Italy

3Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Emergence and Spread of Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens in an Era of Globalization


In recent years, there has been a massive increase in the emergence of antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) pathogens. This has also been associated with an unprecedented rapid spread of these AMR pathogens across geographic borders and in different spectra of healthcare settings, diverse patient groups, and into the community. This phenomenon has been associated with increasing patient morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. A myriad of reasons account for this increasing trend of emergence of AMR pathogens including, but not limited to, mounting selective pressure as a consequence of the increased use of antibiotics in both clinical and animal husbandry settings as well as the ease and speed of movement of persons, food, and goods across vast distances. It has been said that antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become “adept travelers” and make themselves at home wherever they land.

Understanding how these resistant strains emerge and spread remains critical to stemming their continued dissemination. For this special issue, we invite investigators to contribute review articles and original research articles addressing the emergence and spread of AMR pathogens across diverse geographic settings. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Changing patterns of epidemiology of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria
  • Molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria
  • Genetics and evolution of drug-resistance genes
  • Antibiotic use, stewardship, and drug resistance
  • From farm to fork: animal husbandry, global trade, and antimicrobial resistance
  • Population mobility and spread of drug-resistant bacteria
  • Drug-resistance and health economics
  • Reservoirs of antimicrobial resistance
  • Modelling of antimicrobial resistance
  • Drug-resistance monitoring and quality control of methods of monitoring
  • Public health consequences, national and international collaboration for early detection, and management of drug resistance
  • Efforts towards increasing professional and public awareness on drug resistance

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 286703
  • - Editorial

Emergence and Spread of Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens in an Era of Globalization

Abiola C. Senok | Giuseppe A. Botta | Olusegun O. Soge
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 976273
  • - Review Article

Global Fluoroquinolone Resistance Epidemiology and Implictions for Clinical Use

Axel Dalhoff
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 625459
  • - Review Article

The Dragon and the Tiger: Realties in the Control of Tuberculosis

P. Bhatter | A. Chatterjee | N. Mistry
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 646480
  • - Clinical Study

In Vitro Activities of Ertapenem and Imipenem against Clinical Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae Collected in Military Teaching Hospital Mohammed V of Rabat

M. Elouennass | A. Zohoun | ... | A. Benouda
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 781679
  • - Review Article

Glycopeptide Resistance in Gram-Positive Cocci: A Review

S. Sujatha | Ira Praharaj
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 507640
  • - Research Article

Bacterial Contamination of Clothes and Environmental Items in a Third-Level Hospital in Colombia

J. C. Cataño | L. M. Echeverri | C. Szela
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 150367
  • - Research Article

Development of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Intervention Using a Model of Actionable Feedback

Sameer J. Patel | Lisa Saiman | ... | Elaine Larson
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