I thought it might be time to switch away from Ebola and catch up with other disease problems that continue to occur in the world. (If you miss Ebolanoia, though, I’m still collecting instances at my Tumblr. The latest: Indian authorities have force-quarantined in an airport a man who returned from West Africa with a clean bill of health and negative blood tests. They say they will not allow him to leave until his semen tests negative for Ebolavirus. Yes, they are insisting on samples.)
So: How can healthcare workers contribute to slowing down antibiotic resistance? A healthcare nonprofit suggests they commit to buying an antibiotic-free turkey for Thanksgiving.
If it feels like the problem in one sphere, medicine, doesn’t have much to do with the other, agriculture, then you are the perfect target for this pledge. (Even if you don’t actually work in health care.)
Here’s the backdrop to the campaign, created by Health Care Without Harm,the Sharing Antimicrobial Reports for Pediatric Stewardship (SHARPS) collaborative, and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS):