Thursday, November 14, 2019

Thousands die from antibiotic-resistant bacteria

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week that there are 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths per year caused by bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

Infections acquired during visits to hospitals or other health-care facilities account for about 85 per cent of fatalities associated with antibiotic resistance, the report said.

It contains advice for farmers: “implement best practices for animal husbandry, vaccination, nutrition, and biosecurity (e.g., infection control). Educate people who engage with animals on how to prevent disease.”

Disease prevention remains the top priority for reducing reliance on antibiotics. That includes vaccinations, sanitation and biosecurity protocols.