Avivagen Inc. (VIV:TSX.V) announced in a news release it "strongly endorses" the World Health Organization's (WHO) initiative to declare World Antibiotic Awareness Week Nov. 12 to 18, 2018, "which highlights the need for Avivagen's products."
Each year in the United States, Avivagen noted, 2 million-plus people become infected with antibiotic-resistant germs. These infections can be challenging and, in some cases, impossible to cure, often requiring long hospital stays and multiple physician visits. Consequently, at least 23,000 of Americans die as a result of the initial infection.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, numerous medical procedures rely on antibiotics to prevent or combat infections. These encompass, for instance, surgeries such as joint replacements and organ transplants, therapies for life-threatening diseases like cancer, and treatments for chronic conditions including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
Bacteria becoming drug resistant is primarily due to the excessive use of antibiotics in livestock to help them grow faster and withstand the stressful conditions in which they are raised, noted the release. Overuse leads germs to become unfazed by antibiotic effects, and the bacteria move into humans in that state. "This is the reason why the WHO and many other health organizations, countries and companies treat the removal of antibiotics as livestock growth promoters as a pressing global priority," the release pointed out.
Avivagen views its proprietary OxC-beta technology as an alternative to antibiotic use in livestock and, therefore, a way to help lessen or eliminate that practice. OxC-beta, which improved the health of livestock and companion animals in Avivagen's roughly 25 trials, is an ingredient of the company's livestock feed products.
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