Antibiotic awareness week celebrated

Three farm pigs looking at the camera

Three farm pigs looking at the camera

"It's partly about explaining to patients why antibiotics won't help".

The USDA's chief scientist and several scientific and industry organizations took issue with the World Health Organization's recent news release recommending that poultry and livestock producers "stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals".

Antibiotics are a valuable and powerful tool in keeping people well - but inappropriate use is causing a growth in antimicrobial resistance, undermining the effectiveness of antibiotics and threatening common medical treatments and surgery.

Staff and students are invited to drop off any unwanted antibiotics at the stands on each of the days, with the drugs disposed of by the HPRU in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance team.

Members of the HPRU will also be on hand to provide information about antibiotic resistance and give people the opportunity to play a number of games related to resistance.

The Animal Health Institute reiterated its position that antibiotics need to be used responsibly in food-animal production, not eliminated altogether.

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The theme is: "Seek advice from a qualified health care professional before taking antibiotics". Using them in the correct way will help to slow down the development of antibiotic resistance and make sure these life-saving medicines continue to stay effective for ourselves our children and grandchildren.

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.

Alternative options to using antibiotics for disease prevention in animals include improving hygiene, better use of vaccination, and changes in animal housing and husbandry practices.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is also holding an antibiotics amnesty this month.

BEVA is a consistent campaigner for the responsible use of antibiotics; a year ago it introduced the BEVA Antibiotic Champion Award to encourage members to document their efforts to reduce the use of critically important antibiotics.

"We need to raise awareness, particularly in younger people, that antibiotics are a precious resource which are ineffective for the treatment of viruses and should be reserved for the treatment of bacterial infections".

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