Time for rational use of antibiotics: minister

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According to Allen County Public Health, at least 2 million people will get infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year.

People in Wolverhampton are being urged to trust medical advice and only take antibiotics as directed to ensure they remain effective for longer.

Those surrendering antibiotics will also be given the chance to sign up to become an "antibiotic guardian" - an initial from Public Health England where people can help to tackle the problem by pledging to use the drugs correctly and sharing the message - and will be able to enter a prize draw for a chance to win £100 of Amazon vouchers. The 2017 posters have been published on this site for use around the world as a campaign resource. Simply relying on the use of antibiotics from your GP or other health provider is not the best solution.

"Unless excessive use of antibiotics can be dramatically curbed, unfortunately it will be the younger generations who will be more exposed to antibiotic resistance as time goes on".

"Like in human health, veterinary medicine has tremendously progressed thanks to antibiotics".

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.

Antibiotics are essential for treating pneumonia and sepsis; however, antibiotics can not help against bronchitis, colds, flu and some ear infections.

Jacobs-Young noted that under current FDA policy, medically important antibiotics are not used for growth promotion in animals.

Because of its complexity, antimicrobial resistance mitigation in food and agriculture can not be addressed by a single sector or strategy, but through various disciplines working together to contribute to producing safer foods and creating a better environment for all. "The MSV, along with all of our partners in health care, are dedicated to helping you provide effective, comforting, and responsible treatment plans for infectious diseases, and using these incredibly important medicines responsibly".

The action plan sets out responsibilities for national governments, the World Health Organization (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), as well as other national and global partners in responding to antimicrobial resistance. The widespread use of antimicrobials in human population, animal sector and agriculture has created the emergence and spread of AMR pathogens worldwide.

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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