Antibiotic Awareness Week-be part of the solution

Ebony Scott
November 15, 2017

This research directly informed the development of WHO's new guidelines.

"Antibiotics are important to animals so animal owners should also seek advice from a qualified veterinarian", he said.

Dr John Wyeth from PHARMAC says they are charged with getting the best possible health outcomes for New Zealanders from the public medicines budget - and antimicrobial resistance could undermine that.

"While the World Health Organization guidelines acknowledge the role of veterinarians, they would also impose unnecessary and unrealistic constraints on their professional judgement", Jacobs-Young said.

"Resistance arises to all antibiotics within a few years after market entry", said chief scientific officer Anthony Coates.

The responsible use of antibiotics will be in the spotlight this weekend as European Antibiotic Awareness Day is marked this Saturday, and it has the support of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. They also help to reduce the poultry industry's carbon footprint, she said.

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Good management of antibiotics in hospitals could reduce the number of drug-resistant diseases affecting patients. "Vaccine preventable diseases often lead to secondary bacterial infections necessitating the use antibiotics, which could have been prevented if vaccines were up to date", he added.

"Denying pigs, cows and chickens necessary antibiotics would be unethical and immoral, leading to animal suffering and possibly death, and could compromise the nation's food system", NPPC said in a statement.

"Students at BYU-Idaho are partly involved in solving this antibiotic crisis by searching for new antibiotics in the soil around campus", Kelson said.

"Just like people, animals sometimes get sick, and treating illness is a responsible part of animal care", NCC's Tom Super told PHT Media, which publishes Poultry Health Today and Pig Health Today.

"Like in human health, veterinary medicine has tremendously progressed thanks to antibiotics".

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem around the world, threatening global health and food security. Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. In fact, some say they could do more harm than good.

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