16-22 November: 16 November 2015 marks the launch of the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week to raise awareness of best practice for using antibiotics and reduce the risks of bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics and to prolong their effectiveness.
The responsible and prudent use of antibiotics, in both people and animals, is crucial, not only in the interests of human health but also for animal health and animal welfare. To mark this special week, the OIE is making publicly available a dedicated internet portal, along with new posters and infographics, to enable national authorities, veterinarians, breeders and animal owners to take a more effective role in counteracting the major threat to public health posed by antimicrobial resistance.
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