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Lützebuerger Journal: Antibiotic abuse warning


European Antibiotic Day will be held on November 18th.

The European Antibiotic Day for Public Health is held on November 18th every year. It aims to raise awareness of the public health threat of antibiotic resistance and to inform about the careful use of antibiotics. Recent studies indicate that more and more patients are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and that antibiotic resistance poses a serious threat to public health. Careful use of antibiotics can help to reduce resistant bacteria and help keep antibiotics effective in the future.

The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) has decided to start European Antibiotic Day on November 18, 2008 as a platform to support nationwide campaign across Europe.

The mission of the ECDC is to identify and assess the risks of communicable diseases and raise awareness of EU citizens. This includes the field of antibiotic resistance. Factors contributing to risk management and epidemic control are the responsibility of each EU Member State. European Antibiotic Day is the partner of the World Antibiotic Week.

Participation in Luxembourg

Luxemburg is actively involved in European Antibiotic Day, and this year launched a campaign to 'antibiotics – alarm' to emphasize the inadequate use of antibiotics in humans and animals. made. For example, the brochure notes that antibiotics treat "serious infectious diseases such as bacterial pneumonia and wound infection".

However, improper use of antibiotics leads to the development of new multidrug-resistant bacteria in which previously effective antibiotics are no longer effective. "If the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance continues to increase, it will become increasingly difficult to treat serious bacterial infections in the future." More than 25,000 people die every year in the EU for multidrug-resistant bacteria that are currently not effective against antibiotics. "

On the European Antibiotic Awareness Day, the Ministry of Health says that antibiotics are helpful for colds and flu because "antibiotics are medicines used to treat bacterial infections." Antibiotics only work against infections by bacteria, such as certain pneumonia, cystitis or skin inflammation. Colds are caused by viruses and the flu is caused by viruses. Not only is antibiotics useless, but improper use also helps bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. Therefore, antibiotics should be taken only if prescribed by a doctor because of bacterial infection.

"National Antibiotic Plan"

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, from 17:30 to 20.30, the "National Antibiotic Plan" will hold the first informational meeting "La résistance aux antibiotiques, nous avons tous un roôle a jouer!" In Stadtgrund's "Neimënster". This event is for health professionals. Registration is requested by [email protected] until November 28th.

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