World Antibiotic Awareness Week raises awareness about antibiotic resistance and how the medical community is educating on the proper use of these disease-fighting drugs.

The World Health Organization (WHO): “Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines. Bacteria, not humans or animals, become antibiotic-resistant.”

A growing list of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning, gonorrhea, and foodborne diseases – are becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat as antibiotics become less effective.

WHO outlined five goals about global antibiotic resistance including: raising awareness, increasing monitoring and research, reducing infections, making the best use of antimicrobial medications and committing to “sustainable investment.”

Read more about World Antibiotic Awareness Week here.