World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

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Antibiotic Awareness Week, which starts November 13 and ends November 19., is a chance to inform people about the proper use of antibiotics.

Professor Alison Holmes, Director of the NIHR HRPU in Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, said: "Antibiotic resistance is a serious global threat and we are already seeing its impact first hand in the NHS".

The National Steering Committee for Antibiotic Resistance, the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are again joining forces to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and responsible use of antibiotics. The 2017 posters have been published on this site for use around the world as a campaign resource. It occurs when bacteria develop resistance to an antibiotic treatment, which may be caused by overuse of the drugs or improper prescribing - such as prescribing antibiotics for a viral infection.

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While antibiotic resistance might not be directly visible, we need to make sure that the antibiotics we have are used prudently and all efforts are made to reduce their use as far as possible.

Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases.

For example, several studies have shown that antibiotic resistant bacteria are found in drinking water supply systems in several countries in the region, which is of great concern.

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The WHO Guidelines on Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Food-producing Animals, the title of the document, consists of four broad recommendations and two best practice statements, with each one set out in detail and justified.

Staff and students will be able to surrender their unused or out of date antibiotics for safe disposal at the Sherfield Building on South Kensington campus and the Commonwealth Building at Hammersmith, between 12:00-13:30. "Antibiotics are also commonly used for promoting growth in food animals, one type of use that is not necessary".

Dentists are responsible for around three per cent of all antibiotics prescribed in Australia annually and the ADA is calling on its members to continue to use antibiotics judiciously, and to keep abreast of the latest research on this vital issue.

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"When this happens, farmers work with animal health experts and veterinarians to determine if an FDA-approved antibiotic is needed - the right medicine, at the right dose, for the right amount of time, for the right reason". By pledging you commit to stop the misuse of antibiotics and will receive information about what action to take to combat resistance.

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