European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2018

The World Health Organisation warned that antibiotics consumption is dangerously high in some countries driving the emergence of deadly superbug infections while other countries may not have sufficient access to these life-saving medicines

In recognition of the 2018 US Antibiotic Awareness Week and World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 12-18 November, America's pig farmers want consumers to realise the continuous improvement and antibiotic stewardship efforts underway.

"With 33 000 deaths each year as a outcome of an infection due to bacteria resistant to antibiotics and €1 billion in annual health-care expenditure, we need to ensure that antibiotics are used prudently and that infection prevention measures are in place in all settings across Europe", stated Andrea Ammon, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

"Overuse and misuse of antibiotics are the leading causes of antimicrobial resistance", Suzanne Hill, Director of the Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products at WHO, said in a statement.

During Antibiotic Awareness Week Southern DHB patients, visitors and staff are being educated about antibiotic resistance through displays in the hospital foyer of Dunedin Hospital and slides on the TV screens.

This is also true for antibiotics.

Understand that it is possible to pass on antibiotic-resistant bacteria to others - friends, family and other people in the community.

"When antibiotics are obtained and used inappropriately, selective pressure is brought to bear, favouring the emergence of resistance strains".

He said antibiotic resistance had come about due to many complicated factors and needed to be tackled holistically.

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Never pressure your healthcare provider for an antibiotic prescription.

In 2018, NPS MedicineWise published research** about the impact of antimicrobial-resistance programs and antibiotic dispensing for upper respiratory tract infection in Australia. The leftover antibiotic may not be effective against the bacteria causing the new infection. However, antibiotic resistance is rising because common bacteria, which cause urinary tract infections, diarrhoea and septic wounds, among other ailments, are becoming resistant to readily available and prescribed antibiotics.

"Laboratories and researchers have a critical role to play in identifying resistant bacteria and contributing to the global picture so the world can take appropriate action". The study says of the 264 prescriber respondents, 95.8% believed anti-bacterial resistance was a significant problem in the country and 66.5% felt pressure from patients to prescribe antibiotics. Bacteria, not humans or animals, become antibiotic-resistant.

Additionally, the National Pork Board continues its participation and collaboration with the CDC's newly developed Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge (#AMRChallenge).

The World Health Organization has warned that antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health today, explains NPS MedicineWise. The Rock's antibiotic use is higher than in other European countries.

"Africa lacks data on the scope and scale of antibiotic resistance".

"Research and development is the cornerstone of new, life-saving antibiotics".

Dr Kaluwa also called for increased investment by the government, funding agencies and the private sector to implement actions that would ensure that there was safe and secure medicine across generations.

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