Use antibiotics effectively to reduce drug-resistance

Pig industry warns against further 'unsubstantiated' antibiotic reductions

All set for antibiotics awareness week

They are more commonly found in a hospital environment and they are very hard to treat.

They included pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhoea.

He said not all infections will be treated with antibiotics because antibiotics do not cure viruses like colds and flu.

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MANY young Australians are asking for antibiotics when they don't need them.

Councillor Paul Sweet, Wolverhampton council's cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: "Bacteria adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic, and so they are losing their effectiveness at an ever increasing rate". It is estimated that at least 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections and this figure is set to rise with experts predicting that in just over 30 years antibiotic resistance will kill more people than cancer and diabetes combined.

World Health Organization has announced new recommendations tailored to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics in humans by reducing their unnecessary use in animals.

"Without urgent action from all of us, common infections, minor injuries and routine operations will become much riskier".

Staff and students are invited to drop off any unwanted antibiotics at the stands on each of the days, with the drugs disposed of by the HPRU in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance team. People can hand in their unused or out of date antibiotics at any of the Trust's Lloyds outpatient pharmacies based at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith and Hammersmith Hospital in Acton, until Wednesday 1 December. "But you don't want to have an infection and then have your health care provider tell you they don't have an antibiotic to treat you".

"Taking antibiotics when they are not needed accelerates emergence of antibiotic resistance, one of the biggest threats to global health".

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, comments: "Without effective antibiotics, minor infections could become deadly and many medical advances could be at risk; surgery, chemotherapy and caesareans could become simply too risky".

"The need for antibiotic use can further be reduced by ensuring that all vaccinations are up to date". The public has a critical role to play and can help by taking collective action.

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