1 Jan, 2017 @ 10:30
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Antibiotic resistant bacteria on the rise in Spain

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bacteria3CHILDREN in Spain are being prescribed 3.5 times more antibiotics than their European peers, causing a rise in resistant bacteria.

A study by the Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research of the Valencia Region (FISABIO), found that at least 50% of the prescriptions in the country are ‘unnecessary’ and can do more harm than good.

Scientific director Javier Díez-Domingo said: “Bacteria resistant to all known antibiotics have already appeared, which means the population is in a tricky situation. We can still reverse that development through a rational use of antibiotics.”

The study, carried out between 2008 and 2012, involved more than 74 million children aged up to 18 in Spain, Germany, Italy, Norway, South Korea and the USA.

Spain now has one of the highest resistance to antibiotics in the EU, together with Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria and Slovenia.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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  1. Antibiotics like any other pharmaceutical product needs to sell to make more profit to the share holders, to promote healthier options such as better hygiene and better high nutritional diet to prevent and build natural immune defence system would never be allowed by big corporations… Health makes a lot of sense, but it doesnt make a lot of money..

  2. I was a qualified career in the uk for many years working for social services,I loved my work it wasn’t just the careing of people it was making them happy just having someone to talk to each day.I have thought about going back to the uk and doing this work again for the money it’s just not Malaga I no people in our village that have done this but there English people and have some kind of training.If the Spanish government were to step up and sort there country out with no employment here people wouldn’t have to do this but I blame the Uk for taking people on with no training given to them.

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