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From: TSS ()
Subject: FUTURE OF ANIMAL AGRICULTURE IN NORTH AMERICA
Date: April 20, 2006 at 10:03 am PST

FUTURE OF ANIMAL AGRICULTURE IN NORTH AMERICA

EMBARGOED UNTIL NOON APRIL 18, 2006

http://www.farmfoundation.org/projects/documents/Foodsafetyanimalhealth.pdf

Study: Cut antibiotic use in food animals
CANBERRA, Australia, April 17 (UPI) -- Scientists say Australia's restricting of antibiotic use in food-producing animals may be linked with lower levels of drug-resistance among its citizens.

Government scientists say Campylobacter jejuni is a leading bacterial cause of foodborne illness in industrialized nations. Drug resistance can make Campylobacter infections difficult for physicians to treat, and can result in a higher risk of serious or even fatal illness.

Bacterial resistance to drugs is generally attributed to inappropriate prescribing or overuse of antibiotics.

An Australian solution to the drug resistance problem has been to prohibit the use of certain antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, in food animals such as poultry.

"There are different causes that lead to bacterial antibiotic resistance, and use of antibiotics in food animals is only one of the multiple causes," said lead author Leanne Unicomb, an epidemiologist with Australia National University. However, the evidence indicates "use of fluoroquinolones in food animals in other countries has increased the risk of resistance in (Campylobacter isolates) infecting humans," she said.

The researchers concluded the low drug resistance they found "probably reflects Australia's policy of prohibiting fluoroquinolones for animal use."

The study, available online, will appear in the May 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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