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Question 1

Your friend is not feeling well. She has a cold and high fever. What do you recommend?

Be careful!

Antibiotics only work for bacterial infections, not for viruses such as colds and flu. By visiting a doctor, your friend can be sure to receive the correct treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.

Good choice!

As antibiotics only work for bacterial infections (not for viral infections such as colds and flu), it is important to seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional and to follow their prescription.

Question 2

The doctor finds out your friend has strep throat, a bacterial infection. The doctor prescribes antibiotics to fight the infection. When you leave the clinic, you take your friend:

Be careful!

Stop here! It is important where possible, to get antibiotics from a qualified and professional health care source such as a pharmacy. Do not buy antibiotics from unregulated sources (including street sellers, the black market or online).

That’s great!

By purchasing antibiotics from a regulated source such as a pharmacy, you are keeping your friend safe and ensuring that he/she receives the best treatment possible from a qualified healthcare professional.

Question 3

You take your friend back to her house to rest. Her grandfather is sick too and he is also taking antibiotics! What is one thing they can both do to help reduce antibiotic resistance?

These are both good answers!

Good hygiene (such as regular hand washing, safe food preparation, and avoiding close contact with sick people) helps to stop the spread of germs and therefore lowers the risk of infection. This leads to the reduced need for antibiotics, which can help reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

Don’t share antibiotics with family or friends. Even though you may be in close contact while sick, you may not have contracted the same infection. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.

These are both good answers!

Good hygiene (such as regular hand washing, safe food preparation, and avoiding close contact with sick people) helps to stop the spread of germs and therefore lowers the risk of infection. This leads to the reduced need for antibiotics, which can help reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

Don’t share antibiotics with family or friends. Even though you may be in close contact while sick, you may not have contracted the same infection. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.

Question 4

The doctor has prescribed antibiotics to treat your friend’s bacterial infection. When she arrives home, she discovers that one of her animals is sick. What should she do?

Don’t do that!

Animals should only be treated with antibiotics if prescribed by a qualified veterinarian. Also, overuse and misuse of antibiotics in animals contributes to antibiotic resistance. Infection prevention practices such as good hygiene, vaccinations, good animal husbandry and biosecurity measures can reduce the need for antibiotics in animals.

Correct!

Animals should only be treated with antibiotics if prescribed by a qualified veterinarian. Also, overuse and misuse of antibiotics in animals contributes to antibiotic resistance. Infection prevention practices such as good hygiene, vaccinations, good animal husbandry and biosecurity measures can reduce the need for antibiotics in animals.

Everyone has a role to play in helping to reduce antibiotic resistance.

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Handle antibiotics with care.

Kill all the bacteria!

Eliminate all the bacteria
by clicking on them
with the antibiotic

OOPS, THAT
WAS A VIRUS!

You’ve lost
1 life

GAME OVER!

You lost your three
lives, but you can try
again

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Congratulations!

You used the antibiotics
correctly and killed all
the bad bacteria

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BACTERIA

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to stop superbugs
from spreading

OOPS! THAT A
SUPER BACTERIA

When non-resistant
bacteria are killed off
by the antibiotics, there
is more room for antibiotic
resistant bacteria to spread

OOPS! THAT A
SUPER BACTERIA

Antibiotic resistant
bacteria can multiply,
as well as spreading
their genes to other,
non-resistant bacteria

GAME OVER!

Unfortunately, this is
a game you can not win.
Superbugs can not be
defeated, as they become
resistant to antibiotics.

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visual sequence

Eliminate all the bacteria
by clicking the
antibiotics on the right
dose and sequence

Well done!

Correct use of antibiotics helps to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance

Well done!

Always follow the advice of a qualified health care professional when taking antibiotics

Well done!

Colds and flu are among the leading reasons people take antibiotics around the world, but antibiotics do not work for colds or flu

OOPS!
WRONG ORDER

If antibiotic
resistance continues
to emerge, the world will
be at an ever-increasing
risk from some infections
that will no longer be treatable

OOPS!
WRONG ORDER

Misusing and overusing
antibiotics accelerates
the process of bacteria
becoming resistant to treatment.
Antibiotic resistance represents
one of the biggest threats
to global health

GAME OVER!

You did not beat
the infection
this time
Try Again!

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Congratulations!

You used the antibiotics
correctly. Seeking advice and
following prescriptions when
using antibiotics will help
stop the emergence of
antibiotic resistance

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