Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stopping Antibiotic Resistance

As you may know, strains of bacteria resistant to antibiotics is becoming more and more of a danger. We are losing the benefit of many of the drugs that have been effective against diseases. One of the key ways this resistance is being spread is through the use of antibiotics the raising of commercial poultry and livestock. The Government Accounting Office has called this situation "an unacceptable risk to the public health."

There is a way out of this mess and the damage can even be reversed! A report from the World Health Organization reveals a decline in bacterial resistance in Denmark after most feed uses for drugs were banned in 1998. An Environmental Defense scientist, Dr. Rebecca Goldberg thinks that the elimination of drugs gives bacteria that had been nonresistant to drugs an advantage in survival over the drug resistant strains. Therefore, bacterial resistance declines to our drugs.

Now we need to get this message to the government regulators.

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