Antibiotic misuse could lead to their ineffectiveness

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- The WHO, FAO and the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are helping low and middle-income countries come up with concrete plans to tackle the threat of AMR.

Doctors increasingly rely on last resort antibiotics such as carbapenems and colistin, but as harmful bacteria continue to mutate, this final line of resistance will eventually fail. The implications could never be more real in Asia where, if no immediate action is taken, about 5 million people are projected to die annually by 2050 of conditions linked to bacterial infections that have become resistant to antibiotics.

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

World Health Organization has identified the immediate threat from 3 critical priority pathogens for which there is now limited antibiotic protection that are CRE (Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Carbapenem-resistant) and Acinetobacter (Carbapenem-resistant).

While such actions contribute to reducing or preventing animal diseases, their implementation also strongly complement work on food safety, animal welfare, environmental protection as well as the promotion of climate smart practices.

"The lectures will be presented by some of the national core group members and members of the advisory committee, and will focus on the findings on antibiotic use and resistance in the AMR situational analysis".

"Being "antibiotics aware" means learning the facts about antibiotics, talking with your health care provider and, when necessary, taking them exactly as prescribed", said Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP.

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"The need for antibiotic use can further be reduced by ensuring that all vaccinations are up to date. Not only that, by using antibiotic treatment unnecessarily, other bacteria in the environment as well as the "healthy" bacteria in the body gets the opportunity to develop resistance due to exposure, which can potentially cause antibiotic resistant infections later on", says Dr Paul Soko executive head of clinical services and quality at Life Healthcare Group Antibiotic-resistant infections are complex and hard to treat.

"However, it has been also highlighted that up to 50 per cent of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed".

- There are few new antibiotics under development to combat AMR.

In September of this year, the government called on the ministries of health, agriculture, environment, trade and industry to discuss the successes and challenges of the National Action Plan on AMR 2013 - 2020.

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