On 18th November 2020 , we celebrate the "European Antibiotic Awareness Day". The event is organized by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and is celebrated every year at the Medical University of Plovdiv with the support of RIDACOM. Due to the epidemiological situation, this year's event will not take place in person, but this does not mean that the topic should be ignored. In honor of the upcoming European Antibiotic awareness day (18.11) and the 75th Anniversary of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (27.11) with the support of RIDACOM, MU Plovdiv are organizing for the third time the local Agar Art contest – a drawing with microorganisms in a petri dish. All participants and their creations will be published on the website and FB-page of the department on November 18th
European Antibiotic Awareness Day is an annual European public health initiative that aims to raise public awareness of the threat to public health from the development of antibiotic resistance and the prudent use of antibiotics. Recent data show that the number of patients infected with resistant bacteria is increasing across the European Union and that antibiotic resistance poses a serious threat to public health.
Only 70 years after the introduction of antibiotics, we are facing the possibility of a future without effective drugs to treat bacterial infections.
What can you do?
- Using antibiotics only against bacterial infections, and not infections caused by viruses such as common colds or flu.
- Always seeking a doctor’s advice before taking antibiotics.
- Once the doctor has confirmed that antibiotics are necessary, taking them in a responsible manner, following the doctor’s advice in terms of dosage and duration of time.
- Avoiding self-medication with antibiotics. Self-medication is when you use leftover antibiotics from previous treatments, or get antibiotics at the pharmacy without a prescription.
- Learning how you can take care of yourself without antibiotics, if they are not necessary