World Antibiotic Awareness Week Kicks Off

Research into novel antibiotics showing a technician innoculating a series of agar plates with bacteria as part of research into new forms of antibiotics

Research into novel antibiotics showing a technician innoculating a series of agar plates with bacteria as part of research into new forms of antibiotics

Patients can talk to their health care professionals if they any questions about their antibiotics or have developed side effects.

Dr Boyden said the World Health Organisation has warned antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health today and is making it increasingly hard to treat bacterial infections.

Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive at the healthcare institute, explained: "Antibiotic resistance is a concern for us all".

The research comes on the back of Public Health England's (PHE) recent 'Keep Antibiotics Working' campaign, aimed at stopping a potential "post-antibiotic apocalypse" caused by too many diseases gaining resistance.

"A lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak", says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

Imperial staff and students will have an opportunity to hand over any unused antibiotics this week as part of an annual amnesty.

He added: "We can all help to reduce antibiotic resistance by only taking antibiotics when they are prescribed".

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Medically important antimicrobials that are not now used in food production should not be used in the future in food production including in food-producing animals or plants.

Simply relying on the use of antibiotics from your GP or other health provider is not the best solution. "The volume of antibiotics used in animals is continuing to increase worldwide, driven by a growing demand for foods of animal origin, often produced through intensive animal husbandry".

BEVA is a consistent campaigner for the responsible use of antibiotics; previous year it introduced the BEVA Antibiotic Champion Award to encourage members to document their efforts to reduce the use of critically important antibiotics.

Hilary Graham-Smith of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation says nurses are in the frontline of helping patients around proper use of antibiotics.

"We need to raise awareness, particularly in younger people, that antibiotics are a precious resource which are ineffective for the treatment of viruses and should be reserved for the treatment of bacterial infections".

The WHO said their guidelines contribute directly to the aims of the Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2015 and the Declaration of the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Antimicrobial Resistance, adopted in 2016.

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