Presidential Message on Antibiotic Awareness Week, 2017

Presidential Message on Antibiotic Awareness Week, 2017

Presidential Message on Antibiotic Awareness Week, 2017

And, on February 27, 2017, WHO published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" - a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that WHO claims pose the greatest threat to human health.

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. It also shows the number of people experiencing drug-resistant infections decreases further when infection control measures, such as good hand hygiene, are followed.

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

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Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem around the world, threatening global health and food security. We remind our Nation's medical professionals, veterinarians, and researchers to learn about the appropriate prescribing and use of antibiotics, and remind them of their role in helping patients use antibiotics appropriately so that we can better combat this emerging health concern.

As part of the awareness week Dr Enrique Castro-Sanchez, Lead Research Nurse at HRPU, will be taking part in a live Twitter chat at 3pm GMT on Tuesday 14 November through Infectious Disease Hub. "We have to be able to use the right antibiotics, right time, right dose, for those patients".

Inappropriate use of antibiotics, such as taking them for viral conditions like flu, or for mild infections that may clear-up without treatment is known to fuel resistance. "Often when you explain all this, people are actually very happy to avoid antibiotic use".

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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". In an address to the UN General Assembly in late 2016, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) called on consumers to choose "antibiotic free" meat, noting that doing so would help stem the "slow motion tsunami" of antimicrobial resistance.

Among the WHO's the highest priority antibiotics are quinolones, 3rd and higher generation cephalosporins, macrolides and ketolides, glycopeptides and polymyxins (also known as colistin).

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