Antibiotic Use In Livestock Raises Public Health Concern

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a growing concern for communities and hospital settings – the message is that we are using the drugs too much and the bacteria are mutating in such a way that the drugs won’t work.

Now, researchers in North Carolina suggest that we should be watching antibiotic use in livestock.

Industrial food-animal facilities, which involve intense confinement of animals and use antibiotics to promote growth have long been seen as a problem. The North Carolina study found that in companies where this technique was used, the incidence of bacteria resistant to common antibiotics went up significantly.

Clearly there is a need for tight regulation on this practice as a protective step for public health. 



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