Twitter chat: ask experts questions on antibiotic resistance

18 November 2015, 13:00-14:00 CET (12:00-13:00 UTC/GMT)

On European Antibiotic Awareness Day and as part of activities marking the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week, WHO/Europe and partners are holding a live Twitter chat on antibiotic resistance. Experts from WHO/Europe, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the European Medicines Agency, the European Food Safety Authority and the European Commission directorates-general for research and for health and consumers will answer your questions.

The chat will take place on Wednesday 18 November 2015, from 13:00 to 14:00 CET/Paris/Copenhagen time (12:00 to 13:00 UTC/GMT ).

It is part of a global conversation on #AntibioticResistance on 18 November 2015, beginning in Australia and New Zealand, continuing through south-east Asia and Europe, and finishing in the Americas.

How to send questions

Tweet your questions to @WHO_Europe, or @WHO_Europe_RU using the hashtag #EAAD or #AntibioticResistance

If you are unable to join the live chat, leave questions for the experts on WHO/Europe's Facebook page.

Background

Antibacterial drugs, also called antibiotics, are used to prevent and treat bacterial infections such as tuberculosis and bloodstream, wound, respiratory-tract and sexually transmitted infections. Their overuse, misuse and underuse have led to increasing resistance of bacteria and other disease-causing organisms to these drugs, causing treatment to fail.

The more antibiotics are used, the higher the risk of resistance. The food industry's use of antibiotics as growth promoters can lead to the further emergence of resistant bacteria that threaten human health.

Antibiotic resistance, especially in hospital-acquired infections, is gaining priority as a public health issue. A key reason is that new drugs are not coming on to the market soon enough.