This year, in the spirit of One Health, the WHO European Region will mark the 4th annual World Antibiotic Awareness Week on 12-18 November, by cohesively working together with different sectors to protect human, animal and environment health.
"With 33 000 deaths each year as a outcome of an infection due to bacteria resistant to antibiotics and €1 billion in annual health-care expenditure, we need to ensure that antibiotics are used prudently and that infection prevention measures are in place in all settings across Europe", stated Andrea Ammon, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Collecting the data is vital for tackling antimicrobial resistance, the extremely worrying trend of bacterial infections becoming immune to antibiotics, the report said.
Southern DHB Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nigel Millar says taking antibiotics when they are not needed can cause bacteria to become resistant, meaning current treatments will no longer work. This alignment will enable comparison of antibiotic use between the human and animal sector in the future.
WHO has warned on numerous occasions that the number of effective antibiotics in the world is declining, while the superbugs number is increasing.
Gonorrhea, sexually transmitted disease had become resistant to antibiotic worldwide and rendered as untreatable disease. On Nov. 6 the Health Department posted an update saying that this strain of bacteria is extensively drug resistant or XDR, meaning that most drugs used to treat these bacteria won't work.
Never pressure your healthcare provider for an antibiotic prescription.
He said antibiotics ought to be used advisedly, adding that "all hospitals and community health centres should strive to control the spread of infections by making the best hygiene and sanitation measures available". New resistance mechanisms in bacteria are emerging and spreading globally, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases.
In WHO Model List of Essential Medicines, antibiotic medicines have been categorized into three types, including the "Access" category for treatment of common infections; the "Watch" category that should be used with caution because of high potential to cause antimicrobial resistance and/or side-effects; and the "Reserve" category which should only be used as last-resort antibiotics. "Seek Advice." This year, the World Health Organization is introducing sub-themes to showcase the enormous work underway to tackle antimicrobial resistance, and which demonstrate how antibiotics are linked between humans, animals and the environment.
The publication was timed to coincide with World Antibiotic Awareness Week. The idea is to reduce antibiotic use not only in humans but also in other creatures. Though antibiotic resistance is global, it is more severe in India. Some 83% of those surveyed believe pharmaceutical companies should develop more antibiotics.
Additionally, the National Pork Board continues its participation and collaboration with the CDC's newly developed Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge (#AMRChallenge).
"We know that nearly one in every two Australians (45%) takes an antibiotic each year, and our nation's consumption levels are higher than those of comparable countries such as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands", said Mr Morris.