This week is Antibiotic Awareness Week

WHO maps dangerous misuse of antibiotics

WHO warns 'urgent action' is needed to tackle global misuse of antibiotics

Members of the College will also be supporting a number of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) /infectious diseases games and family-friendly activities following performances of the "Mould That Changed the World", a play about the discovery of antibiotics and the subsequent development of AMR.

"Without effective antibiotics and other antimicrobials, we will lose our ability to treat infections widely used as pneumonia", she warned.

Moeti stated that patients should never demand nor share antibiotics and only use them when prescribed by a certified healthcare professional.

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

In 2018, NPS MedicineWise published research** about the impact of antimicrobial-resistance programs and antibiotic dispensing for upper respiratory tract infection in Australia.

"We know that nearly one in every two Australians (45%) takes an antibiotic each year, and our nation's consumption levels are higher than those of comparable countries such as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands", said Mr Morris.

"Overuse and misuse of antibiotics are the leading causes of antimicrobial resistance".

Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to global health.

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Almost three quarters (73%) of those surveyed agree that the federal government should provide incentives to encourage increased private sector investment in the development of new antibiotics, reflecting consensus among 80% of Republicans, 76% of Democrats and 63% of Independents. "We need to make sure they are used properly", says MPI's director of assurance, Allan Kinsella.

This is through collecting antibiotic susceptibility testing data from both public and private healthcare facilities on resistance rates among specific bacteria.

"However, the GHA carried out its own study into this subject in 2014 and, since that time, it has formulated and implemented different initiatives to curb and rationalise its own antibiotic prescribing". Resistance is a natural phenomenon so even if we do invent a new antibiotic, the bacteria will still become resistant to it eventually, and the period of time between introduction of a new antibiotic and observed resistance is getting shorter and shorter.

How To Prevent Antibiotic Resistance?

Again, the resistant bacteria are better able to emerge and cause problems after the weaker bacteria are killed off by antibiotics. Further, about a third (29%) would be dissatisfied if their doctor did not prescribe an antibiotic for their child's viral infection. This creates additional health risks by increasing the chances that a patient will experience adverse drug reactions.

Don't ask for antibiotics for your cold or flu.

I think too many people take antibiotics for granted, rather than treating them with the respect they deserve.

Prepare food hygienically and separate cooked from the uncooked. He is a Master of Public Health student at Johns Hopkins University and an intern with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's Antibiotics Program.

The repercussions of antibiotic resistance can be devastating. Unless immediate steps are taken immediately, the life of certain people will be at risk.

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