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Does antibiotic resistance stem from use in animals?

Dr. Sid Thakur, Associate Professor, Population Health and Pathobiology, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Sid Thakur, Associate Professor, Population Health and Pathobiology, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Does antibiotic resistance stem more from non-prudent use among humans or more from misuse in the animal production industry?

Dr. Thakur: It is difficult to say which side is to be blamed. It is a combination of both to be honest. The smart thing to do is to stop pointing fingers and work together to stop and prevent the menace of antimicrobial resistance. That is why the “One Health” concept is getting a lot of attention because it is based on bringing human, animal and environmental health under one umbrella. This is exactly what we need to do.

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