I hate being sick.
Fortunately, I can honestly say that I do not remember the last time I was prescribed an antibiotic for a bacterial infection. But when I do, I want to be assured the antibiotic will work.
According to the National Institutes of Health there has been an increase in antibiotic resistance, which has been deemed a “crisis” by many. “Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.”
How does antibiotic resistance occur?
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria develops the capacity to inactivate or exclude antibiotics or develop a mechanism to block the inhibitory or killing effects of antibiotics. The bacteria survives, continues to multiply and spread, and causes more harm.
Antibiotics are used in both human healthcare and on farms. None of us, including farmers, want to face a medical problem where an antibiotic is no longer useful because an infection is resistant to antibiotics. Unfortunately, just using an antibiotic causes resistance. So let’s look at how farmers use antibiotics. Continue Reading