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Do not use antibiotics on animals: WHO to food industry, farmers

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Expressing concern over the overuse and misuse of antibiotics on animals, the World Health Organization (WHO) has told farmers and the food products industry to stop antibiotics use on animals for growth promotion and prevention of disease.

The WHO has said that the recommendation aims to help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics that are important for human medicine by reducing their unnecessary use in animals.

It said that healthy animals should only get antibiotics to prevent disease if it has been diagnosed in other animals in the same flock, herd, or fish population.

The WHO informed that over-use and misuse of antibiotics in animals and humans is contributing to the rising threat of antibiotic resistance. The UN agency added that some types of bacteria that cause serious infections in humans have already developed resistance to most or all of the available treatments, and there are very few promising options in the research pipeline to treat infections.

Dr Tedros Adhanom, DG, WHO, informed that a lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak. Dr Adhanom added, “Strong sustained action across all sectors is vital if we are to turn back the tide of antimicrobial resistance and keep the world safe."

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