NZ in global antibiotic awareness battle

WHO Releases Official Guidelines on Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

WHO Releases Official Guidelines on Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

"Students at BYU-Idaho are partly involved in solving this antibiotic crisis by searching for new antibiotics in the soil around campus", Kelson said. The IPC noted that it remains committed to an approach that balances the knowledge and scientific expertise of all stakeholders to ensure the responsible use of antimicrobials for human and animal needs and encouraged World Health Organization "to be more inclusive of the veterinary community in its work so its deep expertise can guide proper antimicrobial use and animal care". And, on February 27, 2017, WHO published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" - a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that WHO claims pose the greatest threat to human health.

The WHO said their guidelines contribute directly to the aims of the Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2015 and the Declaration of the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Antimicrobial Resistance, adopted in 2016.

In new research released for World Antibiotic Week by independent not-for-profit NPS MedicineWise, a survey of 2509 people revealed 35% of 16- to 24-year-olds ask health professionals for antibiotics when they have colds or flu. Infections affecting people - including pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning and gonorrhea - and animals alike are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective. Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them. The session will be held outside of the hospital's cafeteria on Tuesday, November 14th from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m.

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"Antibiotic resistance is a global crisis that we can not ignore", says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO.

To tackle these problems, WHO, FAO and OIE are leveraging their expertise and working together in a "One Health" approach to promote best practices to reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes in both humans and animals.

Members of the public can also hand in their antibiotics at their local high street pharmacy.

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