Does antibiotic use in farmed animals pose a risk to human health? – Yes

Peter J Collignon
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10329
Published online: 19 March 2012

Infectious diseases expert Peter Collignon supports tight control over food-production practices

Worldwide, increases in deaths and morbidity in humans are associated with rapid increases in rates of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. This problem is escalating more quickly in gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli. On occasion, no antibiotics work. As no new antibiotic classes are in the development pipeline for gram-negative bacteria, we need to preserve the antibiotics we have for as long as possible.1

  • Peter J Collignon

  • Infectious Diseases Unit and Microbiology Department, Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT.


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