The Associated Press distributed a story nationally today
examining the issue of routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock and
the potential impact on human health.
In the story, titled "Pressure rises to stop antibiotics in agriculture" with a dateline of Frankenstein, Mo., AP reporters lead with a Missouri swine producer whose leg is infected with a drug-resistant strain of strep after he was tusked by one of his boars. The lengthy article then expands to look at an issue "now gaining attention because of
interest from a new White House administration and a flurry of new
research tying antibiotic use in animals to drug resistance in people."
According to the article, "Researchers
say the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has led to a
plague of drug-resistant infections that killed more than 65,000 people
in the U.S. last year - more than prostate and breast cancer combined.
And in a nation that used about 35 million pounds of antibiotics last
year, 70 percent of the drugs went to pigs, chickens and cows."
The full story can be viewed here.
SOURCE: The Associated Press.