Antibiotic Usage in Livestock On the Rise; So Is the Fear of a Super Virus

March 23, 2015 3:49 AM

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A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last Thursday voices concern over the fact that worldwide growing use of antibiotics on livestock will make the animals more resistant to them, and also increase chances for the emergence of deadly pathogens immune to medication.

The research calculates that at current rates, the global use of antibiotics in animals might go up by about 67 percent until 2030, with it doubling in countries like Russia, China, India or Brazil. These estimates are based on current use of antibiotics in livestock and economic projections regardi...

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