The antibiotic resistance crisis is largely a numbers game. Every time antibiotics are used in humans and animals, the risk for emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria goes up. And in the United States, far too little is being done to reduce the number of antibiotics used in food-producing animals. That's according to a new report today from group of physicians, veterinarians, and infectious disease researchers convened by the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.
ARAC in the News
Leading physicians, veterinarians and other experts outline key steps for policymakers, food companies and food purchasers, and medical groups to help tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis
By Dr. Lance B. Price, Ph.D.
For decades, almost all factory-farmed chickens were raised on antibiotics. But low doses of “maintenance” antibiotics can spur bacteria to build resistance, creating superbugs. Economics correspondent Paul Solman and science correspondent Miles O’Brien report team up to examine why one major chicken producer went antibiotic-free while most still continue the practice.
PBS NewsHour reports on how ARAC scientists are studying how superbugs can get into the food supply. We had a great time filming and showing the reporters how we conduct research. We are excited to be a part of this important series on the antibiotic resistance crisis!