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Danger to Kids From Antibiotics Used in Food Producing Animals

The American Academy of Pediatrics cautioned in a recent report that wanton overuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals is jeopardizing our ability to treat life-threatening infections in children.

“The report, “Nontherapeutic Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Animal Agriculture: Implications for Pediatrics,” calls antimicrobial drug resistance a growing public health crisis and points to a common farming practice as a contributing cause. According to the AAP, adding antibiotics to the feed of healthy livestock to promote growth, increase feed efficiency or prevent disease among herds in crowded conditions often leaves the drugs ineffective when they are needed to treat infections in people.”

“Children can be exposed to multiple-drug resistant bacteria, which are extremely difficult to treat if they cause an infection, through contact with animals given antibiotics and through consuming the meat of those animals,” said lead author Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP, the AAP’s immediate past chair of the executive committee of the Council on Environmental Health.” Read more.

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