Developing targeted antimicrobial treatment protocols for mastitis

14 Nov 2020

Morgans, L.

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant human health problem, with 10 million deaths from drug-resistant infections predicted by 2050.1 The use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals is associated with the emergence of resistant bacteria in those species,2 although there are now several studies suggesting that antibiotic use in food-producing animals is not the main driver of resistance seen in bacteria infecting people.3,4 The transmission of resistance in environmental reservoirs is believed to play a more dominant role.4,5

However, practising prudent antimicrobial use (AMU) is still paramount to reduce the development and spread of resistant bacteria in both animals and people. Despite there being reportedly low levels of resistance currently seen in food-producing species,6 reductions in antimicrobial treatments will have a positive effect on reducing the levels of resistant bacteria that could end up in our...