Antibiotic resistance costing Canada $1 billion per year: IPAC

Antibiotic resistance costing Canada $1 billion per year: IPAC

Infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhoea are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.

Ahead of the World Health Organisation's World Antibiotic Awareness Week, researchers and doctors from Imperial College London reveal six things they'd like patients to know about antibiotics, so we can win the fight.

Overall, the research team estimated that 33,000 people die each year as a direct effect of antibiotic-resistant infections.

World Antibiotic Week, which runs from 12-18 November, aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and encourage best practices to prevent its spread.

To stop the death toll rocketing in the coming decades, the OECD says countries must spend more money trying to tackle the threat of antibiotic resistance.

However, gross overuse has led to the problem of antibiotic resistance, whereby bacteria change and build up a resistance to drugs that have been used over a long period of time and in great numbers. Dr Zahida Sarwar said that unnecessary use of antibiotics has become a global challenge. You go to your local clinic and are told it is a viral infection ... but aren't prescribed an antibiotic.

While 73 percent said the federal government should provide incentives to encourage increased private sector investment in the development of new antibiotics, 83 percent believe pharmaceutical companies should also develop more antibiotics.

A national online survey gauging Canadians' knowledge about the issue found that 60 per cent of respondents mistakenly believed antibiotic resistance means a person with an infection is resistant to the drugs.

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It further notes that new resistance mechanisms are emerging and spreading worldwide, threatening our capability to treat ordinary infectious diseases.

Speaking on Wednesday while opening the National Antimicrobial resistance symposium, Aman said that Kenya was no exception to this threat with increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance being reported in hospitals and communities.

They are battling antibiotic resistance.

"Antibiotics won't cure the common cold but taking them inappropriately could prevent you from getting better further down the line".

By 2050, drug-resistant infections are predicted to lead to an estimated 2.4 million excess deaths in developed countries alone, according to a recent projection by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which represents nations like Canada, Australia, the US and the United Kingdom.

"But we have people in our hospitals that we haven't been able to treat".

Elijah Mohammed, Registrar of the Council gave the warning in an in interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja in commemoration of the World Antibiotic Awareness Week scheduled for November 12 to 18.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has previously warned if nothing is done the world is heading for a "post-antibiotic" era.