Stop using antibiotics on healthy animals - World Health Organization weighs in on resistance debate

Antimicrobial resistance has been recognized as a serious public health issue

Pig industry warns against further 'unsubstantiated' antibiotic reductions

Worryingly, four in 10 patients with an E.coli bloodstream infection in England can not be treated with the most commonly used antibiotic in hospitals.

They included pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhoea.

Respondents over the age of 75 are the least likely to ask for antibiotics with just 13% saying they'd ask for these medicines to treat a cold or flu.

WATCH: Find out more about the campaignWill you be an Antibiotic Guardian? 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.

Those with Allen County Public Health say it's important to listen to your healthcare provider, and use antibiotics correctly, to avoid becoming more sick with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council's Director of Public Health, said: "Antibiotic resistance is not a distant threat, but is in fact one of the most risky crises facing us today".

"Students at BYU-Idaho are partly involved in solving this antibiotic crisis by searching for new antibiotics in the soil around campus", Kelson said.

"Without urgent action from all of us, common infections, minor injuries and routine operations will become much riskier".

Antibiotics are essential for treating pneumonia and sepsis; however, antibiotics can not help against bronchitis, colds, flu and some ear infections. People can hand in their unused or out of date antibiotics at any of the Trust's Lloyds outpatient pharmacies based at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith and Hammersmith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. Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them. "They should be taken as prescribed, never saved later or shared with others".

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, comments: "Without effective antibiotics, minor infections could become deadly and many medical advances could be at risk; surgery, chemotherapy and caesareans could become simply too unsafe".

Alternative options to using antibiotics for disease prevention in animals include improving hygiene, better use of vaccination, and changes in animal housing and husbandry practices. "I welcome the launch of the "Keep Antibiotics Working" campaign, and remember that antibiotics are not always needed so always take your doctor's advice".

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