MAP SHOWS GLOBAL RISE IN FARM ANIMAL DRUG RESISTANCE
The researchers have produced the first global assessment of resistance rates, and identified regions that urgently need interventions.
The world is experiencing unprecedented economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. An increasing number of people in India, China, Latin America, and Africa have become wealthier, and their consumption of meat and dairy products reflects that change. In Africa, meat consumption has risen by more than half; in Asia and Latin America it is up by two-thirds.
To meet this growing demand, animal husbandry has intensified, which brings an increased reliance on antimicrobials. Farmers use antimicrobials to treat and prevent infections for animals they raise in crowded conditions but these drugs are also used to increase weight gain, and thus improve profitability.
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