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November 16-22 is Antibiotic Awareness Week

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November 16-22 is Antibiotic Awareness Week

National University Microbiology Students and Faculty in Classroom

National University Microbiology Students and Faculty in Classroom

National University Microbiology Students and Faculty in Classroom

National University Microbiology Students and Faculty in Classroom

Lynnette Satterfield, Editor in Chief

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Monday, Nov. 16 is the first day of a global movement to promote Antibiotic Awareness week. The Small World Initiative (SWI) is a group that promotes proper usage of current antibiotics while crowd sourcing new antibiotics, is teaming up with the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about the importance of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. Ana Maria Barral, assistant professor of human biology at National University says her department was “one of the first to partner up with SWI in 2013 to help crowdsource antibiotic research through the work of students.”

According to the WHO website, “Antibiotics are medicines used to treat . . . bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria changes in response to the use of these medicines. Bacteria . . . becomes antibiotic resistant. These bacteria may then infect humans and are harder to treat than non-resistant bacteria. Antibiotic resistance leads to higher medical costs, prolonged hospital stays and [more deaths].” Antibiotic resistance is sweeping the world, and is a big roadblock when it comes to treating patients and killing bacteria. The SWI develops new antibiotics to combat bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics already in use.

Guidelines to Antibiotic Awareness
• Antibiotic resistance happens naturally, but the misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is making the problem worse.
• Antibiotic resistance is rising quickly in all parts of the world.
You can help by:
• Always taking your full prescription of antibiotics when you have to take them.
• Never using leftover antibiotics.
• Never sharing antibiotics with others.
• Regularly washing your hands.
• Practicing good hygiene.
• Avoiding close contact with sick people.
• Staying up to date on vaccines.

According to the World Health Organization antibiotic resistance fact sheet “Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today. It can affect any age in any country.” However the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cautions that people on chemotherapy, those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, people who have had complex surgeries, people on dialysis for end stage renal disease and those who had an organ or bone marrow transplant are at a higher risk than others for antibiotic resistance.
Huda Makhluf, associate professor and chair of the Mathematics and Science Department at National University, said in an email that she has “current microbiology students at National University’s main campus location in La Jolla who are contributing research to the Small World Initiative” to develop ways to combat antibiotic resistance. With at least 2,049,442 illnesses per year from antibiotic resistance according to the CDC and 25,000 deaths a year just in the European Union according to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is a global health issue.

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Lynnette Satterfield, Assistant Editor

Lynnette is in her senior year at National University, pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Journalism. She enjoys writing about education,...

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