Antibiotic resistance genes of public health importance in livestock and humans in an informal urban community in Nepal

  29 August 2022

Efforts to mitigate the increasing emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will benefit from a One Health perspective, as over half of animal antimicrobials are also considered medically important in humans, and AMR can be maintained in the environment. This is especially pertinent to low- and middle-income countries and in community settings, where an estimated 80% of all antibiotics are used. This study features AMR genes found among humans, animals, and water at an urban informal settlement in Nepal with intensifying livestock production. We sampled humans, chickens, ducks, swine, and water clustered by household, as well as rodents and shrews near dwellings, concurrently in time in July 2017 in southeastern Kathmandu along the Manohara river.

Further reading: Nature Scientific Reports
Author(s): Cristin C. W. Young, Dibesh Karmacharya, Manisha Bista, Ajay N. Sharma, Tracey Goldstein, Jonna A. K. Mazet & Christine K. Johnson
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