Over Use of Antibiotics Leading to Resistant Infections
While medical providers and the livestock industry has long denied allegations that over use of antibiotics is leading to increased numbers of antibiotic resistant infections, a study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may finally put an end the argument.
CDC Studies Antibiotic Resistant Microbes
“We will soon be in a post-antibiotic era if we’re not careful. For some patients and some microbes, we are already there.” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Friedan as published by the San Francisco Gate
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both the medical community and the livestock industry have directly contributed to the growth of antibiotic recent microbes that result 23,000 dead Americans every year.
- The study, the first to connect over use of antibiotics to resistant microbes, only increases concerns that doctors may be making a mistake by overprescribing antibiotics.
- Along with doctors, the CDC also points the finger at patients who demand antibiotics as they feel cheated if they do not receive a prescription upon hospital visits.
- Researchers warn that the 2 million antibiotic resistant infections that occur every year will soon no longer be our only worry. Bacterial resistance could also put an end to joint replacements, cancer treatments, organ transplants and other invasive procedures as the risk of infection would become too great.
Livestock Industry Contributes to Antibiotic Resistant Microbes
- The livestock industry is also contributing to the problem as they regularly include antibiotics in livestock feed to speed growth and reduce disease in farm animals.
- It is estimated that 70% of all antibiotics in the U.S. are used by the livestock industry in such a manner.
- Experts warn that routine low dosages of antibiotics like those used in the livestock industry provide an ideal environment for microbes to build a resistance.
- The CDC has asked the livestock industry to voluntarily cut back on its use of antibiotics, but there is currently no legal action that could be taken should major farming companies refuse.
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