European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November 2022 and World Antimicrobial Awareness Week from 18-24 November 2022
Europe and the world: two campaigns – one goal
And this year, WAAW is going one step further by joining forces with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) to call on not only the healthcare sector, but also related sectors such as food and agriculture to work together to prevent resistance .
What does antimicrobial resistance (AMR) mean?
Resistance affects not only bacteria, but also viruses, fungi, and parasites
In terms of bacteria, pathogenic E. coli, Klebsiella and MRSA, but also the pathogens oft tuberculosis and gonorrhoea are of worldwide concern. Bacteria can either be insensitive to certain antibiotics in the first place because they do not possess the necessary target structure (e.g. the cell wall) or become resistant because they gain the ability to degrade the active substances enzymatically (e.g. through β-lactamases) due to mutations or the exchange of genetic material with other pathogens . According to a WHO report, E. coli, the most frequent cause of bloodstream infections worldwide, is already almost 60% resistant to so-called reserve antibiotics in poorer countries .
However, there are also numerous examples of resistance to antiviral medicines among viruses, as the case of HIV and Influenza  clearly shows. Resistant parasites of the Plasmodium genus are also of great importance for tropical and subtropical regions, making treatments against malaria significantly more difficult .
Specific prevention: A more conscious use of antimicrobials is essential
The fight against MDROs can only succeed if we work together
#MissionInfectionPrevention #AntibioticAwareness #AntimicrobialAwareness #HandHygiene #PreventingAntimicrobialResistanceTogether
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