Animals Pumped with Antibiotics Gives Rise to “Super Bug” Fears; TRFN

Published Date : Mar 23, 2015

According to the scientists at Rome, most of the developing countries are feeding the livestock with antibiotics at a rapid pace. This is dramatically increasing the risk of drug-resistant super-bugs. 

The use of antibiotics in animals will grow by two thirds across the globe for forecast period 2010-2030. It will grow by double digits in India, China, Brazil, and Russia, said scientists studying at Princeton University. 

These activities are growing at an alarming rate and pushing us to a limit when common infections could become a death sentence for us. This is because our immunity to responding to drugs will become less. The consumption of milk, eggs, and meat is growing in many developing and middle-income countries.   

The increased changing diets, urbanization, and wealth are growing industrial livestock producers. They are depending and using antibiotics to keep the disease at bay in the long-run for a short while, added the scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). However, these low doses are creating conditions to grow resistant bacteria. Many bacteria like salmonella and E. coli are already growing resistant to antibiotics and now growing fears shows that diseases will endanger humans too. 

It will be passed from animals to people through direct contact and food contamination and antibiotic resistant bacteria will further make it very difficult for doctors to treat the basic infections or any other ailments caused in humans, he added. 

The ILRI, Princeton, and National Institutes of Health experts are the first to study this.

Asia is to be the main concern as livestock products are tremendously growing in this region. China’s livestock industry is expected to consume nearly one third of the world's antibiotics, says experts.

The key five countries projected to rise in antibiotics consumption are Peru (160 percent), Myanmar (205 percent), Vietnam (157 percent), and Nigeria (163 percent).

The poor are likely to be affected first.