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Losing Our Dear Antibiotics

The public has been getting more concerned about the development of antimicrobial resistance in microorganisms. Since the main concern lies with resistance of bacteria to antibiotics, discussion will focus on these. This developing resistance has been identified as an important public health concern [1]. There are many contributing factors but one that has been especially contentious is the use of “medically important” antibiotics for “production purposes” in food-producing animals, particularly when they are added to animal feed. “Medically important” refers to drugs important for treating human disease [1]; “production purposes” refers to using antibiotics (typically at lower than therapeutic dosages) to promote growth or improve feed efficiency [2]. It has long been known that adding antibiotics to feed enhances growth, although there is dispute about the mechanism [3]. However, recent studies suggest that under modern production systems, improvements in growth may not be as large (or maybe non-existent) as seen under previous production systems [4].   Read More

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