ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York State Department of Health recognizes the start of U.S Antibiotic Awareness Week by lighting the state monuments in light blue last night, November 18.

The observance is part of a nationwide campaign led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is meant to serve as a reminder to New Yorkers that the overuse and misuse of antibiotics can contribute to antibiotic resistance. New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett states, “Antibiotic misuse and overuse have unintentional but dire consequences, as exposed bacteria can evolve to develop resistance to antibiotics,” “Yet, too often, individuals suffering from viral symptoms will request antibiotic treatment, and too many health providers prescribe them.”

Landmarks recognizing Antibiotic Awareness Weeks

  • One World Trade Center
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State Education Building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • Empire State Plaza
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate and Expo Center
  • Niagara Falls
  • The “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson Bridge
  • Albany International Airport Gateway
  • MTA LIRR – East End Gateway at Penn State
  • Fairport Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal   
  • Moynihan Train Hall

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