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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2016 was held in the USA

Last week was called Get Smart About Antibiotics Week in the USA. The week is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

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According to the President of the United States of America proclamation antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause tens of thousands of deaths each year in the United States. “A major factor contributing to the emergence of antibiotic resistance is the inappropriate use of antibiotics. When antibiotics are used inappropriately, including when they are not needed -- such as for treating viral infections like the common cold, or used in wrong doses or for the wrong period of time -- the likelihood of antibiotic resistance is greatly increased, reducing the effectiveness of these antibiotics in the future.” In his proclamation President Barack Obama announced November 13 - 19, 2016, as Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. He called upon the scientific community, medical professionals, educators, businesses, industry leaders, and all Americans to observe this week by promoting the responsible use of antibiotics and raising awareness of the dangers inherent in their misuse and overuse.

References:

White House. Presidential Proclamation -- Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, 2016. 10.11.2016 https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/10/presidential-proclamation-get-smart-about-antibiotics-week-2016
CDC. Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/week/index.html
CDC. Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program. http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/index.html

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