It’s time for a change. Our Time with Antibiotics is Running Out
A concern for humans has risen alarmingly in the last years because of the misuse of antibiotics in livestock as residues from treatments causes a negative effect on human health.
Following our mission to contribute to a safe and sustainable agriculture, as well as improve the health of both animals and humans, XVET would like to share some current insights about the use of antibiotics, in order to draw attention to the main issues and encourage the best practices among the public.
This article is following “World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018”, a global awareness campaign run each November by World Health Organization. XVET supports WHO goal of raising awareness about this topic and encourages a more responsible use of antibiotics.
We extracted accordingly five messages appointed by World Health Organization:
“Our time with antibiotics is running out. Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and it poses a big threat to global health. It can affect anyone, of any age, in any country. It is the bacteria itself, not the person or the animal, that becomes resistant to antibiotics. Proper use of antibiotics is key to stop drug resistance”.
“Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria become resistant to the drugs used to treat them.
The high volume of antibiotics in food-producing animals contributes to the development of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. In some countries, the amount of antibiotics used in animals is 4 times larger than the one used in humans, where antibiotics are used for growth promotion and disease prevention, not to treat illnesses. These bacteria can be transmitted from animals to humans and can contaminate our food supply from farm to fork”.
“Although the development of resistance in such situations may be a natural consequence of necessary antimicrobial use, inadequate measures to prevent and control infection may contribute to the spread of microorganisms resistant to antimicrobial medicines.
Much antibiotic use is linked to animal production, where antibiotics are sometimes administered to prevent infections and used as a growth stimulant. Sustainable husbandry practices, including the use of vaccines, can reduce infection rates and dependence on antibiotics as well as the risk that antibiotic-resistant organisms will develop and spread through the food chain”.
“High antibiotic use may reflect over-prescription, easy access through over-the-counter sales, and more recently sales via the Internet which are widespread in many countries. Despite measures taken by some Member States, antibiotic use in humans, animals and agriculture is still increasing globally. The projected increase in demand for animal food products may lead to yet further increases in antibiotic use”.
Everyone has a role to play
“The world is running out of antibiotics. We need to take action to protect human health and stop drug resistance”.
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(Content by: World Health Organization http://www.who.int/who-campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week)