ANTIBIOTICS

NDDoH Raising Awareness about Safe Antibiotic Use

November 18-22 is Antibiotics Awareness Week.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Department of Health is raising awareness about the importance of safe antibiotic use. The NDDoH says about two million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection every year, and at least 23,000 of those people die. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria in the body develop an immunity to the antibiotics designed to kill them. The Department of Health…

Meningococcal Meningitis Case Under Investigation At Grand Forks Air Force Base

They are working to identify and notify close contacts to ensure they receive appropriate antibiotics

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE — North Dakota Department of Health and Grand Forks Air Force Base are investigating a case of meningococcal meningitis. They are working to identify and notify close contacts to ensure they receive appropriate antibiotics. There is no risk to those who were not in close contact with the infected individual, who has not been identified….

Fargo Cass Public Health Conducts Training Exercise

The training covers the process people would through during a public health emergency

FARGO, N.D. —¬†Fargo Cass Public Health hosted a training exercise at Fargo North High School to practice what would happen if a biological or chemical attack happened. Fargo North’s gym was converted into a makeshift point-of-dispensing, or POD, so residents could go through a simulation of what would happen if there was a public health emergency. “It’s a community point-of-dispensing…

WHO Asking Farmers and Ranchers to Stop Using Antibiotics on Healthy Animals

The organization especially wants restrictions placed on antibiotics used for growth promotion

  INTERNATIONAL — The World Health Organization wants farmers to stop using antibiotics on healthy farm animals. The organization issued a statement saying farmers and ranchers are only encouraging a lack of effective antibiotics for humans and say the overuse on healthy animals contributes to a potential deadly disease outbreak. WHO especially wants restrictions placed on antibiotics used for growth…

Deadly Tuberculosis Outbreak Hitting Minnesota Hmong Population

Two first-line antibiotics have proven ineffective against this strain

  RAMSEY COUNTY, Minn. A tuberculosis outbreak among an elderly Hmong population of Minnesota is proving deadly and costly. Six of 17 people who contracted tuberculosis in Ramsey County have died, three of them as a direct result of the disease. Patients affected by the outbreak must undergo a costly medication regimen. Two first-line antibiotics have proven ineffective against this…