Antibiotic resistance boom puts farms on notice | Farm Online

 

Fears about a blowout in resistance to antibiotic medicines has triggered a rush of livestock industry activity to identify if Australia’s low risk health strategies are working.

By world standards Australian agriculture has a remarkably clean bill of health, but a global blowout in resistance to antibiotic medicines has triggered a rush of activity to learn more about the superbug threat and how to stop it.

Livestock industries are part way through a national audit of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antibiotic use in animals raised for food production.

Globally at least 700,000 human deaths a year are attributed to resistance to antimicrobial drugs prescribed to treat infections.

Source: Antibiotic resistance boom puts farms on notice | Farm Online

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