ARAC Director Dr. Lance Price explains how diagnostic tests are among the most promising tools in the global fight against antibiotic resistance.
ARAC in the News
In advance of next week’s World Antibiotic Awareness activities calling for reductions in the use of antibiotics in food animal production and fish farming. This is a welcome development as antibiotic resistance is a growing global threat to human health that gets more serious with each passing day. The WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have both warned that without urgent action, we may soon be living in a world where antibiotics are no longer a match for drug-resistant bacteria, often called superbugs.
In a major new statement about the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture, the World Health Organization is urging livestock agriculture and fish farming worldwide to sharply cut antibiotic use, reserving the precious drugs for animals that are sick and then choosing only antibiotics that are not important to human medicine.
The food industry must stop dosing healthy livestock with antibiotics, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. For decades animals’ food and drinking water have often been spiked with medications aimed at boosting growth and preventing disease. But that practice can provide the necessary spark for antibiotic resistance that endangers human health, the agency warned.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is now recommending against the routine use of antibiotics in food animals, according to new guidelines released by the international public health agency.