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World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

He also said that several developed countries had stopped using antibiotics on livestock and practised organic animal rearing instead.

A recent publication on the responsible use of antibiotics by the World Health Organization (WHO) has led to a mixed bag of responses all over the world. And if vets use antibiotics, they should only use those that are not that important to human health.

He added: "We can all help to reduce antibiotic resistance by only taking antibiotics when they are prescribed". According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today".

Through overprescription and misuse, antibiotics are in danger of losing their effectiveness.

-Don't use oral antibiotics for the treatment of atopic dermatitis unless there is clinical evidence of infection.

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. However, Japan, France and Spain have documented cases of gonorrhoea that are resistant, not only to these, but to all other known antibiotics.

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

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

-Do not routinely prescribe oral antibiotics to children with fever without an identified bacterial infection.

Dr. Peters said if the meat is sold with residues from the drug, it is especially unsafe, because the animals will not be cured from the bacterial infections, and, if consumed, it will pose a greater problem to the health of the public. Treating some non-bacterial infections with antibiotics can actually make them worse. And where "simple" infections, in the chest or skin or kidney for example, could be deadly. These vaginal infections are caused by a category of micro-organisms known as fungi. In fact, some say they could do more harm than good.

-Do not use antimicrobials to treat bacteriuria in older adults where specific urinary tract symptoms are not present.

In order for antibiotics to be effective, the full prescribed courses must be taken. They should also never be shared. Therefore, left over antibiotics should not be shared between family and friends or using left over antibiotics from a previous illness.

"Many young people appear to lack knowledge about antibiotics and their objective", he said. Quantities of antibiotics used for therapeutic purposes increased up to 223 %.

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