Antibiotic resistance: a public health problem
It is vital that people make responsible use of antibiotics and to follow strictly prescribed. It should take the recommended dose at the right times and on days established by the doctor or you run the risk of encouraging the increase of resistance.
The Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC), to mark the European Day for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, emphasized the importance of using these medications appropriately. The goal is to prevent bacteria become resistant and antibiotics cease to be effective.
One of the main problems with resistant bacteria is increasing resistance to antibiotics of last line, ie those that are considered as the last option available to treat the infection.
For this reason, this year the European Day for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics aims to raise awareness of this situation, because it seriously limits treatment options for patients infected with severe multi-resistant bacteria, those resistant to three or more families antibiotic.
Dr. Jesus Oteo SEIMC member and researcher at the Laboratory of Antibiotics National Microbiology Center, says "we must be aware that the number of new antibiotics in research is scarce. If the resistance problems continue at the current rate, we could face a situation similar to that of the pre-antibiotic era in which there was no adequate treatment for bacterial infections. "