Keep Antibiotics Working

The ability of bacteria to resist the action of an antibiotic is known as ‘antibiotic resistance’. This antibiotic resistance severely limits the number of antibiotics available for the treatment of a number of diseases.

Before the discovery of antibiotics, thousands of people died from bacterial diseases such as pneumonia, or infections following surgery. Now that antibiotics have been discovered and are being widely used, more and more bacteria that were susceptible have become resistant, and have developed numerous different means of fighting against antibiotics.

Due to this increase in resistance, several new antibiotics have been discovered and marketed in recent years; despite these discoveries, antibiotic resistance is now a major public health threat. Read more …

The European Antibiotic Awareness Day took place on 18 November 2018, raising awareness about the threat to public health from antibiotic resistance, and the importance of the prudent use of antibiotics.

Using antibiotics prudently can help to stop resistant bacteria from developing, and keep antibiotics effective for generations to come. The scientists working at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) are working together with the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) on the latest annual report on resistance levels in bacteria found in humans, food and animals. Read more …