Antimicrobial resistance 'global health emergency'

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He called on members of the public to be cautious when patronising antibiotics.

Irresponsible use of antibiotics, including wrong prescriptions, inappropriate self-medication and over-the-counter sale of antibiotics from unlicensed and unapproved outlets have been identified as the major causes of AMR.

"We spent last week reminding staff, patients and visitors about the importance of good hand hygiene and we'll be continuing to do this during World Antibiotic Awareness Week".

The resistance of antibiotics to infections will lead the lives of the world to doom. While many coexist peacefully with the host and offer many benefits, some can be harmful and disease-causing.

Researchers from the College's Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare (HPRU) Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance will be running drop off sessions at South Kensington and Hammersmith campus as part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

All this indicates that no single sector has the capacity to solve the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance alone, but collective action can help the world make progress. Antibiotics are not an everlasting panacea for all illnesses - they don't ever work against viruses and using them inappropriately drives antibiotic resistance and results in drug resistant infections which can't be treated.

This may indicate that some countries may not have access to these drugs that are necessary for treatment of complicated multidrug-resistant infections, the report warns.

The culprit is abuse and overuse of antibiotics.

"Like humans, animals sometimes need antibiotics to fight off bacterial infections". Counter Antibiotics with Probiotics. This is a wrong notion since viral infections can not be cured by bacterial antibiotics. Others learn how to pump the medicine out of their system, before it affects them.

Understand that it is possible to pass on antibiotic-resistant bacteria to others - friends, family and other people in the community.

"Everyone needs to take responsibility in helping to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance whether they are health professionals or the public. It can make your infection more hard to diagnose and eventually to treat and that antibiotic may not be safe for you if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other medications", Rothoff said.

In Europe, the average consumption of antibiotics approach the 18 DDJ for 1 000 inhabitants per day, with the top of the Turkey (38 DDJ), which is nearly 5 times more than the last in the ranking, Azerbaijan (8 DDJ). WHO, on its website, has guidelines for people to prevent antibiotic resistance. Again, the resistant bacteria are better able to emerge and cause problems after the weaker bacteria are killed off by antibiotics. Diseases like tuberculosis, pneumonia, sepsis, etc. can be controlled with antibiotics. This creates additional health risks by increasing the chances that a patient will experience adverse drug reactions. When you're sick and visiting your healthcare provider, be sure to ask whether antibiotics are really needed.

Follow your doctor's prescription to a T. Trust their advice and don't expect antibiotics every time.

Never treat viral infections with antibiotics.