William Fritch: Antibiotic resistance on the rise

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AMR can affect anyone, of any age, in any country, they said mentioning that it occurs when pathogens change and find ways to resist the effects of antibiotics.

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Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is a global health concern.

The infections that antibiotic resistant bacteria cause are hard, and sometimes impossible, to treat.

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

'A future world where bugs are all resistant to antibiotics will return us to the dark days of ineffective healthcare and condemn many to early deaths, ' warned Professor John Middleton, the president of the Facult of Public Health.

Moeti added that the laboratories also needed to feed the information into national and regional efforts to understand how it spread and where the resistance posed greatest risk.

Antibiotics have been used for a variety of reasons on animals for a number of years, but as consumers become continually more anxious on welfare practices, questions have been raised whether the treatment should be used at all?

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Without antibiotics, C-sections, cancer treatments and hip replacements will become incredibly "risky", it was said at the time.

You can help. When you're sick, let your doctors use their clinical skills and judgment to decide whether you need an antibiotic to lessen the chance of unnecessarily fostering resistance. They must be used in a responsible manner by avoiding antibiotics to treat common viral infections, such as flu and diarrhea, he said, adding that when necessary antibiotics must be taken in correct doses and only after proper diagnosis by a qualified medical practitioner.

100 - the percentage of the population who can be affected if we misuse antibiotics. According to figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Irish people are taking 7% more antibiotics today than they were 15 years ago.

The director said that WHO-Afro had made the fight against antibiotic resistance top priority, and that the agency was working with countries to develop and implement action plans to combat antibiotic resistance and generate reliable data for action.

"The Framework identifies opportunities for action and desired outcomes under four pillars: surveillance, stewardship, infection prevention and control, and research and innovation", the spokesperson said in a statement. "Always ask your doctors because there are normal procedures for normal infections", he said.

"We are driven by our desire to protect public health and address the medical needs of people suffering from different illnesses, including infectious diseases", said medical doctor Angelica Claveria, senior medical manager of Pfizer Philippines.

World Antibiotics Awareness Week, which takes place November 12 to 18 and is managed by the World Health Organisation, aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and prevent it spreading further.

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