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World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 Focuses on Using Antibiotics with Care

Antibiotics are not smart enough to selectively target the bad bacteria and destroy it and keep the other good cells around them safe

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November 17, 2016: The week of November14-20 marks the second World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Antibiotics are not smart enough to selectively target the bad bacteria and destroy it and keep the other good cells around them safe. Rather, they wipe out a whole population of bacteria, good and bad, some of them may be are beneficial to the body.
During this process, some bacteria become resistant to the antibiotics to allow them to survive the adverse condition thereby reducing the desire effect of antibiotics.

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During this process, some bacteria become resistant to the antibiotics to allow them to survive the adverse condition thereby reducing the desire effect of antibiotics.

Different antibiotics are used for treating many serious infections in protecting cancer patients, surgical patients, people with bad immune systems, and to promoting growth and preventing disease in livestock. Moreover, once-treatable infections are becoming tough to cure due to antibiotic resistance.

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This year, the WHO-lead initiative of World Antibiotic Awareness Week’s main purpose is to increase the awareness of global antibiotic resistance. It is also to encourage the best practices among public in general, health workers and also the policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of the antibiotic resistance.

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Antibiotic resistance is everyone’s problem, and therefore, it is everyone’s responsibility to avoid it. People in a responsible manner should avoid antibiotics to treat common viral infections like common cold or flu or diarrhoea.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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WHO Calls for Better Vaccination Coverage Against Increasing Number of Measles Cases

The United Nations agency, citing preliminary data, said that more than 112,000 cases of the preventable but highly contagious disease have been reported across the globe

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Steve Sierzega receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., March 27, 2019. VOA

The number of measles cases worldwide nearly quadrupled in the first three months of the year compared to last year, the World Health Organization reported Monday.

The United Nations agency, citing preliminary data, said that more than 112,000 cases of the preventable but highly contagious disease have been reported across the globe in the January-to-March period. WHO called for better vaccination coverage against measles, which can kill or leave a child disabled for life.

Over recent months, WHO said spikes in the disease have occurred “in countries with high overall vaccination coverage, including the United States … as well as Israel, Thailand, and Tunisia, as the disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people.”

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Public health authorities worry about outbreaks in communities where vaccination rates are low, fueled by a growing movement of people who view the MMR vaccine, mumps and rubella as dangerous. VOA

“While this data is provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend,” WHO said. “Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases.”

The agency said the reported number of cases often lags behind the number of actual cases, meaning that the number of documented cases likely does not reflect the actual severity of the measles outbreaks.

For three weeks in a row, U.S. health authorities have added dozens of new reports of measles to its yearly total, now at 555, the biggest figure in five years. Twenty of the 50 U.S. states have now reported measles cases.

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FILE – 15-month-old August Goepferd received mumps and rubella booster shot at a clinic at Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis. VOA

ALSO READ: New York Takes Drastic Steps to Prevent Spread of Measles Outbreak

More than half of the U.S. total — 285 cases — have been reported in New York City. Officials in the country’s largest city last week ordered mandatory measles vaccinations to halt the outbreak that has been concentrated among ultra-Orthodox Jews in the city’s Brooklyn borough.

City health department officials blamed anti-vaccine propagandists for distributing misinformation in the community. (VOA)