30 Dec '15, 11pm

Unless we take action, antibiotic resistance could claim 10 million lives each year by 2050!

Unless we take action, antibiotic resistance could claim 10 million lives each year by 2050!

As my colleague Tom Philpott has pointed out again and again , our habit of dosing farm animals with antibiotics is causing big problems. According to a new report commissioned by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and published in the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance , many countries now use more antibiotics for animals than for humans. US livestock consume nearly 10,000 tons of medically important antibiotics per year—that's more than twice the amount consumed by humans. The problem is, bacteria evolve to resist the antibiotics, and the more antibiotics are used, the more those drug-resistant strains make their way into the food chain. The authors estimate that unless countries take action, antibiotic resistance could claim 10 million lives each year by 2050. "If we fail to act, we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are c...

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