Antibiotic resistance from the farm to the table
Corporate Authors:National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (U.S.). Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases.
Description:Antibiotics are widely used in food-producing animals. This use contributes to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food-producing animals. These resistant bacteria can contaminate the foods that come from those animals, and persons who consume these foods can develop antibiotic-resistant infections.
Resistance: All animals carry bacteria in their intestines. Antibiotics are given to animals. Antibiotics kill most bacteria. But resistant bacteria survive and multiply.
Spread: Resistant bacteria can spread to…
• animal products
• produce through contaminated water or soil
• prepared food through contaminated surfaces
• the environment when animals poop
Exposure: People can get sick with resistant infections from…
• contaminated food
• contaminated environment
Impact: Some infections cause…
• mild illness
• severe illness and may lead to death
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