ILRI veterinary epidemiologist and food safety expert Delia Grace (photo via Flickr ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto).
This opinion piece, written by ILRI scientist and program leader Delia Grace, was originally published by Devex on 16 Dec 2016.
The numbers when it comes to drug resistance are apocalyptic. Already responsible for up to 700,000 deaths a year, the number of victims could reach 10 million by 2050, making superbugs a bigger killer than cancer is today if urgent action is not taken.
There is great concern (although as yet limited evidence) that much of this growing global health threat is linked to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in animals, especially livestock. This has accelerated the resistance of disease-causing bacteria and other microbes that also then infect people.
But while such overuse and misuse of precious treatments in animal production is a ticking time bomb, millions are conversely affected today by poor access…
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