Growth of global antibiotic use for livestock raises concerns about drug resistance Medical News Today

March 24, 2015 10:22 AM

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Growth of global antibiotic use for livestock raises concerns about drug resistance Medical News Today

Antibiotics are used widely in the farming of food animals to treat disease and increase productivity. In the US, antibiotic consumption in animals accounts for up to 80% of antibiotic sales.

While studies suggest such practice fuels the spread of drug-resistant pathogens in animals and humans, the lack of reliable global data makes it hard to both measure the size of the problem and come up with solutions.

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