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Presidential Message on Antibiotic Awareness Week, 2017

14 November 2017

Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive at the healthcare institute, explained: "Antibiotic resistance is a concern for us all".

"Farmers are adding antibiotics to the animal feed, and when the animal consumes it, this will affect the lining of the intestine, and organisms in the stomach that are exposed to this antibiotic (may) develop resistance", she said.

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The new recommendations made in the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization are expected to help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics that are important for human medicine by decreasing their excessive use in animals.

November 13th kicks off World Antibiotics Awareness Week, and Allen County Public Health wants to remind people to "Be Antibiotics Aware" when using them. And if vets use antibiotics, they should only use those that are not that important to human health. The Agency cited research published in The Lancet Planetary Health that found interventions that restrict antibiotic use in food-producing animals reduced antibiotic-resistant bacteria in those animals by up to 39 percent.

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You can read about the Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan at New Zealand Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan. Antibiotic resistance arises when bacteria survive despite encountering antibiotic medicines created to kill them. "Denying pigs, cows and chickens necessary antibiotics would be unethical and immoral, leading to animal suffering and possibly death, and could compromise the nation's food system".

Antimicrobial resistance has been recognized as a serious public health issue. They will also help in identifying the bacteria that make people sick and specific groups that are at risk.

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According to a case study following the antibiotic ban in Denmark, which was made compulsory in 2000, the ban resulted in greater amounts of antibiotics used to treat animal disease. However, Japan, France and Spain have documented cases of gonorrhoea that are resistant, not only to these, but to all other known antibiotics. The latest official Government figures showed sales of antibiotics for use in food-producing animals dropped by 27% between 2014 and 2016, falling to their lowest level since records began in 1993. Taking only part of a course of antibiotics, sharing them with someone else, missing doses or "stock-piling" them for a future occasion all contribute to increased resistance in the community. People can hand in their unused or out of date antibiotics at any of the Trust's Lloyds outpatient pharmacies based at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith and Hammersmith Hospital in Acton, until Wednesday 1 December. "Are we ready to fork out extra money to enjoy organic meat?" the director-general posed a question regarding the alternative.

Presidential Message on Antibiotic Awareness Week, 2017