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WHEREAS, antibiotics are an important weapon against infectious bacterial diseases that can harm people of all ages and walks of life; and

WHEREAS, inappropriate use of antibiotics for viral infections and antibiotic overuse in the treatment of bacterial infections and colonization has led to an increase in multiple drug-resistant organisms; and

WHEREAS, antibiotic resistance has become a global threat to the health of all people, and infections with antibiotic resistant bacteria dramatically increase the cost and complexity of treating infections which previously were easily treated; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, partnering with the European Union Antibiotic Awareness Day, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, and the Nevada Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, are devoting resources to enhance public and healthcare professional awareness regarding the appropriate use of antibiotics; and

WHEREAS, the Nevada Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, in partnership with physician organizations, consumer groups, health plans, state and local public health organizations and pharmaceutical companies, is educating health professionals and consumers about the appropriate use of antibiotics; and

WHEREAS, these collaborative efforts seek to increase awareness about the overuse and misuse of antibiotics and work to prevent the increase and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  November 14-20, 2016

 GET SMART ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS WEEK IN NEVADA

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Scott Anderson