Report links antibiotics at farms to human deaths

Washington -- The Centers for Disease Control on Monday confirmed a link between routine use of antibiotics in livestock and growing bacterial resistance that is killing at least 23,000 people a year.

The report is the first by the government to estimate how many people die annually of infections that no longer respond to antibiotics because of overuse in people and animals.

Along with the annual fatalities, the report estimated at least 2 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur each year. Frieden said these are "minimal estimates" because they count only microbes that are resistant to multiple antibiotics and include only hospital infections, omitting cases from dialysis centers, nursing homes and other medical settings.

At least 70 percent of all antibiotics in the United States are used to speed growth of farm animals or to prevent diseases among animals raised in feedlots. Routine low doses administered to large numbers of animals provide ideal conditions for microbes to develop resistance.

"Widespread use of antibiotics in agriculture has resulted in increased resistance in infections in humans," Frieden said.

That is just crazy. No way would a basic understanding of biology have told us that this was the obvious end result of our practices.

Scary shit Phone Post 3.0

...and, because lots of money wants it that way, nothing will change.

We've been eating grass-fed, local beef for a few years. I hope this is the right way to deal with this.

vaccinations are actually a way to reduce bacterial resistance to antibiotics because the vaccines specifically target the resistant bugs. There has actually been some headway in the last few years in combating antibiotic resistance. It's still scary as shit.

My brother used to go to Mexico with a professor he was working for..... the prof taught down there as well and my brother was his assistant. Anyway, he told me that many people in Mexico had been on antibiotics for years and never stopped taking them. I can't imagine how bad that was for them.