Antibiotic resistance remains a major threat to public health around the world, and for the large part, the cause is misuse of antibiotics, says the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The ECDC put out the message in a statement released on Sunday to coincide with the fifth European Antibiotic Awareness Day.
Antibiotic resistance is a major health concern because it increases healthcare costs, causes people to stay in hospital for longer, results in treatment failures, and sometimes death.
An estimated 25,000 people die each year in the EU from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, Professor Peter Hawkey, a clinical microbiologist and chair of the UK government's antibiotic-resistance working group, told the press earlier this year.
The ECDC, whose task is to identify, assess and communicate threats to human health from infectious diseases, has also released new data from across the member states about antibiotic resistance and consumption.
Last Update : 2017-12-12 00:23:36