Resistance in kids on the rise; Superbug threats found in food

The Washington Post reports on the rise of antibiotic resistant infections in children. The study found that 3 out of 5 children are admitted to hospitals already infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria – suggesting they picked it up from the community (rather than the hospital). Between 2007 and 2015, the proportion of children infected with a particularly scary antibiotic resistant bacteria rose 700%.

At the same time, the NRDC released this data on antibiotic resistant bacteria found in food animals. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a list of the top 18 antibiotic resistant bacteria threats. Turns out that 8 of those 18 have been detected in U.S. food animals.

Misusing antibiotics to raise poultry and livestock accelerates the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria that threaten human health. The superbugs are bred in these animals that are routinely fed antibiotics – and are released into the community through contaminated meat, water, air, soil. The way to stop this accelerated development of resistant bacteria is to stop feeding antibiotics to animals that are not sick.

The Keep Antibiotics Effective Act will slash that misuse.


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