Each year, European Antibiotic Awareness Day‘s campaigns encourage the prudent use of antibiotics on 18 November. Prudent use means only using antibiotics when needed. One should follow the prescribed dose, dosage intervals and duration of the treatment.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become an everyday occurrence and problem across Europe. Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to resist antimicrobial treatments. The excessive use of antibiotic contributes to the emergence of resistance. If we continue to consume antibiotics at the current rate, we may face a post-antibiotic era. If so, common bacterial infections such as pneumonia could be a death sentence.
In June 2016, the European Commission published a report on antimicrobial resistance awareness. Only a third of Europeans got information related to the correct use of antibiotics. Here is one of many reasons why we need more than ever an international awareness day.
Explaining the urge of new antibiotic is part of the project PneumoNP. Like every year on 18 November, the team disseminates content to European citizens. Stay informed on Twitter with us at @PneumoNP or with #EAAD.
Who measures the spread of antibiotic resistance?
In Europe, EARS-Net monitors antimicrobial resistance by a network of national surveillance systems. Since January 1999, laboratories have collected antimicrobial resistance data on more than 400,000 invasive isolates. EARS-Net performs surveillance of antimicrobial susceptibility of several bacterial pathogens including Klebsiella pneumoniae. The results are available from an interactive database. It provides information on the occurrence and spread of antimicrobial resistance in Europe.
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