Antimicrobial Resistance is caused by harmful bacterial microbes adapting to treatments like antibiotics. The chart below shows how resistance to commonly prescribed antibiotics, can lead to problems for humans and the food we eat.
(Source: CDC, 2013)
To help stop antimicrobial resistance, many consumers are no longer purchasing meat from companies that over-use antibiotics. Producers, in turn, are forced reduce their antibiotics usage.
At the same time, without antibiotics, the diseases will spread uncontrolled.
In response, US BIOLOGIC and the USDA Agricultural Research Service is developing* a series of One Health solutions to reduce the need for antibiotics use in poultry. These solutions will result in new vaccines and anti-microbial treatments, each orally delivered via the poultry water supply or in a powder applied to the poultry feed.
These safe, effective, and cost-efficient vaccines can limit a range of diseases, such as coccidiosis, while at the same time reduce the need for antibiotics.
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