Antibiotic misuse could lead to their ineffectiveness

Antibiotics abuse on pig and poultry farms could have a devasting effect

The issue is a concern to health agencies around the world as growing numbers of infections - such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, and salmonella - are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.

Cloud says using antibiotics to treat a cold or fly can put you at risk of getting a bacterial infection, leaving doctors with few options for treatment. The 2017 posters have been published on this site for use around the world as a campaign resource.

Since they were first marketed in the 1940s, antibiotics have helped to revolutionize modern healthcare, offering cures to previously untreatable infections. Antibiotic resistance arises when bacteria survive despite encountering antibiotic medicines created to kill them.

This could include setting broken bones, basic operations, chemotherapy and animal health, which all rely on antibiotics. It is estimated that at least 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections and this figure is set to rise with experts predicting that in just over 30 years antibiotic resistance will kill more people than cancer and diabetes combined.

"A lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak", says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

The irrational use of antibiotics in the animal, agriculture and human health sectors plays a major role in this emerging health crisis today.

"Viet Nam is taking important steps to join WHO Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System". Indiscriminate use of antibiotics in livestock and aquaculture for treatment and growth promotion has been shown to hasten the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistant pathogens in food and the environment.

The FAO has further initiated activities in the Asia-Pacific region since September 2016 to harmonize antimicrobial resistance surveillance and review antimicrobial resistance policies.

This is the message that will be delivered to the public, including school children, to commemorate the antimicrobial awareness week.

Any new class of antimicrobials or new antimicrobial combination developed for use in humans will be considered critically important for human medicine unless categorised otherwise by WHO.

Councillor Sweet added: "In addition, people take antibiotics for mild infections when they don't need to". In its statement World Health Organization says that healthy animals should only receive antibiotics to prevent disease if it has been diagnosed in other animals in the same flock, herd or fish population.

"When this happens, farmers work with animal health experts and veterinarians to determine if an FDA-approved antibiotic is needed - the right medicine, at the right dose, for the right amount of time, for the right reason". Once they stop working, it will be already too late.

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