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Agricultural antibiotic misuse may reduce efficacy of pediatric medicine

December 1, 2015

Unnecessary overuse and misuse of antibiotics in animal feed designed to promote growth and increase feed efficiency has the potential to reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics in children and pose a serious threat to global public health, according to a technical report released by the AAP’s Council on Environmental Health and Committee on Infectious Diseases.

“The use of antimicrobial agents in agriculture can harm public health, including child health, through the promotion of resistance,” Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP, professor of pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and colleagues wrote. “Because of the link between antibiotic use in food-producing animals and the occurrence of antibiotic-resistant infections in humans, antibiotic agents should be used in food-producing animals only to treat and control infectious diseases and not to promote growth or to prevent disease routinely.”

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The Adolescent Patient with Meningococcal Meningitis

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Despite measures, infection control in daycare centers remains daunting

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The Patient with Acute-Bacterial Skin and Skin-Structure Infections

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This CME activity will focus on the diagnosis and management of patients with acute-bacterial skin and skin-structure…
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