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World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

In livestock production and agriculture, we see a similar pattern. Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them.

Jacobs-Young noted that under current FDA policy, medically important antibiotics are not used for growth promotion in animals. Antimicrobials is the wider term given to drugs used to prevent and treat parasitic, bacterial, viral and fungal infections.

Globally, antimicrobial resistance is becoming a core political, social, and economic problem due to it being a critical public health threat.

According to the CDC, 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics every year and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. The figure will be higher than the estimated cancer fatalities. The goal of Be Antibiotics Aware is to remind the public and health care providers about safe antibiotic prescribing and use. This occurs when bacteria doesn't respond to the drugs created to kill them and it is one of the most urgent threats to the public's health.

The research comes on the back of Public Health England's (PHE) recent 'Keep Antibiotics Working' campaign, aimed at stopping a potential "post-antibiotic apocalypse" caused by too many diseases gaining resistance.

She issued a statement in connection with World Antibiotic Awareness Week, which is being observed around the world from November 13-19 under the theme 'Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.' Activities during the week will include distribution of awareness material for human and animal health sectors, seminars and awareness walks, among others. FDA allows the use of these antimicrobials for the treatment, control and prevention of disease in food-producing animals only under the professional oversight of licensed veterinarians. During the United Nations General Assembly in 2016, political leaders endorsed in a special session on antimicrobial resistance.

My Administration is, therefore, committed to implementing the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

Antimicrobial resistance is an emerging clinical problem, recognised internationally as one of the largest threats to human and animal health.

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

- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest chicken processor in the USA, has stopped using antibiotics to produce its retail line of chicken.

He said not all infections will be treated with antibiotics because antibiotics do not cure viruses like colds and flu.

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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