Food Animal Health
Antimicrobial Resistance May Devastate Animal Health
Antimicrobial resistance and the threat of superbugs are caused by harmful bacterial microbes adapting to treatments like antibiotics. To help stop antimicrobial resistance, many consumers are no longer purchasing meat from companies that over-use antibiotics. Producers, in turn, are forced to reduce their antibiotic usage. At the same time, without antibiotics, the diseases can spread uncontrolled.
A New Solution: Orally Delivered Vaccines
US BIOLOGIC and the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the University of Edinburgh's Supporting Evidence Based Interventions program are developing a series of solutions to reduce the threat of diseases in food animals (aquaculture, livestock, and poultry) that will result in vaccines and anti-microbial treatments, each delivered via water supplies or as a powder applied to feed. These safe, effective, and cost-efficient vaccines can limit a range of diseases, while focusing on antibiotic and ionophore reduction.
These programs will have an enormous impact both in the U.S. and in developing countries that can be devastated by disease to livestock and poultry.