In a Science magazine article, an international team of experts proposes ways to reduce the use of subclinical doses of antimicrobial drugs (including antibiotics) in livestock, a practice stemming from the rising demand for animal protein. The practice is responsible for drug-resistant infections in both humans and animals. Proposed strategies for a response include better enforcement of global regulations, user fees on veterinary antimicrobial use and reduced meat consumption. getAbstract recommends this article to anyone concerned with the spread of drug resistant infections.
In this summary, you will learn
- Drug resistant infections in humans and animals are caused by the use of antimicrobial drugs;
- Drug resistant infections are on the rise because of increased demand for protein; and
- User fees on on veterinary use of antimicrobial drugs will reduce the incidence of drug-resistant infections.
About the Author
Lead author Thomas P. Van Boeckel is an epidemiologist who has served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Integrative Biology in Zürich, Switzerland, and more recently as a fellow at Princeton University in the United States. He works on the infectious diseases of animals and humans.