10 million people a year are expected to die come 2050 — all because of the over prescription of antibiotics to people… and because of routine use on animal farms, directly and indirectly.
“Mind-boggling” economic impacts are expected.
Mother Jones begins their article:
If your goal is to ruin the effectiveness of antibiotic drugs, I can think of two efficient ways. One would be to wildly overprescribe them—say, to people suffering from a cold virus, even though antibiotics work their magic on bacterial pathogens, not viral ones. The other would be to feed daily, low doses of them to animals confined by the thousands in vast indoor facilities.
Tom Philpott, the author of the article continues, mentioning routine situations, including cesarean sections and car accidents, where use is common but not always warranted. He also discloses the research material that made his article possible.
You can catch both on Mother Jones!
News to Share brief source: “Antibiotic Failure Will Kill 10 Million People a Year by 2050” by Tom Philpott for Mother Jones
Link: the complete “Antimicrobial Resistance: Tackling a crisis for the health and wealth of nations” PDF
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