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Public Health England is launching a new campaign across Cheshire to highlight the risks of Antibiotic resistance.

Public Health England is launching a new campaign across Cheshire to highlight the risks of taking antibiotics when you don’t need them, such as for a cold or another viral infection.

27% of people in Cheshire have never heard of antibiotic resistance, and the advice now is to follow a GP’s orders in terms of taking the medication.

Public Health England has warned of the fatal effects of misusing the drug, and has released a campaign video to support their message.

North West infectious diseases consultant Dr. Katherine Ajdukiewicz says, “This can affect things by killing off some of the OK bacteria in the body and some of the other bacteria becomes resistant to the antibiotic that they have so in the coming year they are more likely to get an infection with a resistant bacteria which makes it much more difficult to treat.

“There are times when we see someone who has a serious infection and it’s incredibly difficult to treat because there’s so much resistance and there’ve been certain situations when there have been no antibiotics available to treat an infection and that person has sadly died.”

It’s estimated 5,000 people a year die due to antibiotic resistance.

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