Antibiotic Resistance in Veterinary Medicine
11 June 2021
Resistance to antibiotics is one of the most common and life-threatening issues for animals and humans worldwide. Recently, this resistance has been considered a key feature of ‘modern’ microbes, resulting from either unsuccessful and/or prolonged exposure to antimicrobial treatments.
Antibiotic-resistant microbes originating in pets are responsible for both direct and indirect threats on human health, such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-resistant enterococci, carbapenemase-producing enterobacteria, and extended spectrum beta-lactamase gram-negative bacteria 1.
Antibiotic resistance is continuously emerging and worsening globally, and antibiotic resistance of animal origin is considered a significant contributor. Serious actions must be taken to eradicate this issue 2.
Certain restrictive measures have been adopted in the veterinary field which include banning antibiotics for growth-promoting purposes, developing immunization programs, and increasing the traceability of antibiotic prescriptions 2. However, there still needs to be a joint intervention between scientific and administrative sectors and a worldwide effort in the acquisition and enforcement of regulatory measures 2. Appropriate legislative actions must be taken to guarantee fair behavior and ensure public health.
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- Palma E, Tilocca B, Roncada P. Antimicrobial Resistance in Veterinary Medicine: An Overview. Int J Mol Sci. 2020;21(6):1914. Published 2020 Mar 11. doi:10.3390/ijms21061914