India’s Poultry Farms Endangering Human Lives
As reported in the Hindustantimes, antibiotics are being routinely administered to chickens on Indian poultry farms in small doses to promote growth and avoid diseases.
Worst, this is done almost as a replacement for nutrition and sanitation, says a new study led by Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, Washington DC and New Delhi.
Twelve of the 18 farms studied, or 67%, reported the use of antimicrobials as growth boosters. Tetracyclines and fluoroquinolones, antibiotics commonly used to treat cholera, malaria, respiratory and urinary tract infections in humans, were the most commonly used antimicrobials, with nine farms admitting their use.
Antimicrobial consumption in food animal production in India is projected to grow by 312%, a concerning development further compounded by India’s status as the largest consumer of antimicrobials of humans.
Here is a TEDTalk with Ramanan Laxminarayan, about the next antibiotics crisis.
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