WHO Urges End to Routine Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals

WHO Urges End to Routine Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals

WHO Urges End to Routine Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals

November 13th kicks off World Antibiotics Awareness Week, and Allen County Public Health wants to remind people to "Be Antibiotics Aware" when using them. We remind our Nation's medical professionals, veterinarians, and researchers to learn about the appropriate prescribing and use of antibiotics, and remind them of their role in helping patients use antibiotics appropriately so that we can better combat this emerging health concern. "Not only that, by using antibiotic treatment unnecessarily, other bacteria in the environment as well as the "healthy" bacteria in the body gets the opportunity to develop resistance due to exposure, which can potentially cause antibiotic resistant infections later on", says Dr Paul Soko executive head of clinical services and quality at Life Healthcare Group Antibiotic-resistant infections are complex and hard to treat. The 2017 posters have been published on this site for use around the world as a campaign resource.

"Unless excessive use of antibiotics can be dramatically curbed, unfortunately it will be the younger generations who will be more exposed to antibiotic resistance as time goes on". "Antimicrobial veterinary medicines are a crucial tool for animal health and welfare and safe food production, but they are by no means the only tool". In addition, USDA's Acting Chief Scientist pushed back against the WHO recommendations contending that "The WHO guidelines are not in alignment with US policy and are not supported by sound science", and stating that the "recommendations erroneously conflate disease prevention with growth promotion in animals".

Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria evolve mechanisms to withstand the drugs which are used to treat infections.

Health officials say antibiotics are not the best line of defense when it comes to fighting off a cold or the flu.

Using novel experimental approaches, involving whole genome DNA sequencing never previously applied in this area of research, the team identified mechanisms or "strategies" that bacteria use to protect themselves from antibiotics. In its statement World Health Organization says that healthy animals should only receive antibiotics to prevent disease if it has been diagnosed in other animals in the same flock, herd or fish population.

It remains to be seen whether and to what extent WHO's recommendations will impact USA policy in this arena going forward.

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