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GW: Antibiotic Resistance Action Center Launches Website on Antibiotic Use

The Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health has launched the website AntibioticsAndYou.org. The website is designed to be a valuable resource during cold and flu season – a time when antibiotics are in high demand by patients even though neither condition responds to antibiotics.

The main goals of the website are to educate patients on the growing public health crisis of antibiotic resistance and appropriate antibiotic use. Most people in the U.S. and globally don’t realize that antibiotic-resistant infections are becoming increasingly common. As bacteria become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, even common infections, such as urinary tract infections, will be difficult to treat and can become life-threatening. Without urgent action in all countries, antibiotic-resistant infections are estimated to kill 10 million people per year worldwide by 2050 – that’s roughly one person dying every three seconds.

Research conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that almost two-thirds of some 10,000 people surveyed across 12 countries mistakenly believe antibiotics can be used to treat colds and the flu.

“Everyone has a role to play in protecting antibiotics from overuse and misuse including patients. We need to ensure we are using antibiotics only when absolutely necessary in every setting: human medicine, industrial farming, and in plant and crop agriculture,” said Ms. Laura Rogers, who serves as deputy director for ARAC.

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