Since their discovery nearly a century ago with the introduction of penicillin, antibiotics have saved innumerable lives. Infections that were once considered fatal have been conquered. The initial antibiotics were followed by antibiotics from different chemical groups that covered more bacteria. The World Antibiotic Awareness Week is being celebrated in the week of 13th to 19th November 2017 by the World Health Organization (WHO) to increase awareness about the pressing problem of antibiotic resistance. The theme of this year's antibiotic awareness week is: Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.
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