World Antibiotic Awareness Week 13-19 November

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What can livestock producers and pet owners do to prevent antibiotic resistance?
 Vaccinate animals to reduce the need for antibiotics;
 Ensure that antibiotics given to animals are only used to treat infectious bacterial diseases and under veterinary supervision. Don’t use antibiotics on healthy animals.
 Give antibiotics to animals at the prescribed dose and continue until the course is completed;
 Observe the correct withdrawal periods to ensure that food produced from animals treated with antibiotics, such as meat, milk and eggs, does not contain harmful levels of antibiotic residues;
 Promote and apply good practices, including improved hygiene, bio-security and improved animal welfare, at all steps of animal production.

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