Info Service on Health Issues (Sept17/04)
India: Antibiotic misuse in poultry leads to multidrug-resistant bacteria
A new study by the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has found that misuse of antibiotics in poultry farms in India is leading to widespread multidrug-resistant bacteria. The bacteria are now spreading into the environment through litter from these farms which can then easily infect human beings.
‘… these bacteria can go anywhere – into groundwater and food-and can infect agricultural workers and animals, thereby becoming a public health threat’, says CSE.
The study recommends controlling rampant antibiotic misuse as the most effective step to contain spread of resistance from farms. It urges the Environment Ministry and central and state pollution control boards to enact laws and standards for waste management from the poultry industry to limit the spread of antibiotic resistance into the environment.
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