18-24 November 2019: Today we join the global community in observing World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) from 18 to 24 November 2019- a worldwide initiative to raise awareness of antimicrobial resistance and to encourage the responsible use of antibiotics in all areas, including human and veterinary medicine. Antibiotics are used for treating infections caused mainly by bacterial agents. Failure to use them in prudent way is one of the main reasons attributing to development of resistance in disease causing agents. Treating an infection caused by resistant agent requires higher generation antibiotics.
Globally, about 70% of the antibiotics manufactured by pharmaceutical companies are used in veterinary practices that include production animals, companion animals and wildlife. This means a substantial amount of antibiotics are pumped into our food chain and environment. Weak compliance to regulations of prudent use of antibiotics will expose humans and animals to sub-therapeutic dose and facilitate resistance development.
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