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Antibiotics sales drop as horse vets fight resistance

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Islanders urged to try simple remedies before antibiotics for coughs and colds

A study commissioned by the United Kingdom government predicts that if action is not taken now to combat antibiotic resistance, by 2050 the annual death toll will have risen to 10 million globally.

The European average is 19.8 doses, while Netherlands residents are the most "antibiotic resistant" nation - at just 9.7 doses per 1,000 inhabitants per day.

In fact, only 29 per cent of Canadians consider themselves to be "somewhat" or "very" knowledgeable about the issue, according to a survey.

"Infections caused by resistant bacteria can be very hard to treat and can be serious".

As the world's leader in medical ingenuity and advancements, we must do everything we can to combat the rapidly developing medical threat of antibiotic resistance.

The announcement was made coinciding with the start of the World Health Organisation's World Antibiotic Awareness Week campaign.

In this story, we are following up on the heels of the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that estimates more than 2.8 Million antibiotic-resistant infections now happen every year in the USA, resulting in 35,000 deaths.

"Antibiotics are important medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria".

"Remember, antibiotics are not effective against simple infections, such as a cold or flu". Like all organisms, bacteria evolve and adapt to their environment naturally by evolution, but the use of antibiotics accelerates this process [3]. Many more die from complications from antibiotic-resistant infections. There has been a lot of research into how long antibiotic courses should be to determine the shortest possible length of course needed to completely kill all bacteria. In addition a "No antibiotic prescription form" has been added to the toolkit to help owners understand clearly when an antibiotic is not required. However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 30% of the antibiotics in U.S. outpatient settings are prescribed unnecessarily. These drugs are routinely given as poor compensation for inappropriate diets and the stressful, crowded and unsanitary conditions on industrial feedlots.

During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and throughout the year, CDC works to educate the public about when antibiotics are needed, when they are not, how to take antibiotics appropriately, and potential side effects of antibiotics. The resistant bacteria, however, survive and can contaminate animal products during slaughtering and processing.

However, awareness weeks are only as good as the change they produce.

In 2019, it is still estimated that more than 50% of antibiotics in many countries are used inappropriately. In addition, it puts numerous achievements of modern medicine such as organ transplants, chemotherapy and surgeries such as caesarean sections in jeopardy as without effective treatment for infection these procedures have far more risk associated with them [1]. Feller says that the numbers show that the veterinary sector has been reducing the use of antibiotic and the sales of antibiotic by 32% over less than a decade.

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