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Stop using antibiotics on healthy animals - World Health Organization weighs in on resistance debate

14 November 2017

"Not only that, by using antibiotic treatment unnecessarily, other bacteria in the environment as well as the "healthy" bacteria in the body gets the opportunity to develop resistance due to exposure, which can potentially cause antibiotic resistant infections later on", says Dr Paul Soko executive head of clinical services and quality at Life Healthcare Group Antibiotic-resistant infections are complex and hard to treat. When a urine culture is performed, it will indicate not only which bacteria is responsible for the infection, but will also determine which antibiotics will be effective.

Multidrug-resistant infections are caused by bacteria that can survive treatment with more than one antibiotic. People can hand in their unused or out of date antibiotics at any of the Trust's Lloyds outpatient pharmacies based at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith and Hammersmith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.

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

Despite the worry regarding excessive antibiotics usage in farm animals, concern also rises on the possible consequences if certain countries begin to impose restrictions or completely ban the use of antibiotic in the agricultural sector.

According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the commemorations are running from today until Friday under the theme: Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) - a worldwide threat As stated in a 2016 British report titled Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, over a million lives have been lost globally due to drug-resistant strains of bacterial infections each year. And where "simple" infections, in the chest or skin or kidney for example, could be deadly. Where they can be bought for human or animal use without a prescription, the emergence and spread of resistance is made worse.

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-Do not use antimicrobials to treat bacteriuria in older adults where specific urinary tract symptoms are not present. Failure to do so only partially treats infections and encourages the development of resistance.

"A lot of times people come in expecting physicians in here to prescribe antibiotics for their cold symptoms", says Nguyen.

" You only take antibiotics prescribed by a health worker and do not share with family and friends". They will also help in identifying the bacteria that make people sick and specific groups that are at risk.

MANY young Australians are asking for antibiotics when they don't need them. Taking only part of a course of antibiotics, sharing them with someone else, missing doses or "stock-piling" them for a future occasion all contribute to increased resistance in the community.

Stop using antibiotics on healthy animals - World Health Organization weighs in on resistance debate