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Antibiotics: A apathy that we will pay face

Spain is the second EU country, after Cyprus, which contributes most to bacterial resistance from the abuse of prophylactic drugs on farms

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Antibiotics: A apathy that we will pay face

Every time we buy meat we have to know that way animal has been bred from which it proceeds can become cause of our death one day. And not because meat has a toxic effect of retarded effect, but because for every kilo of meat produced in Spain, 402 milligrams of antibiotics are used. Antibiotic abuse as a prophylactic to prevent infection in animal husbandry is one of main causes of bacterial resistance that some common conditions such as pneumonia or urine infection, no longer respond to treatments Available.

Numerous reports have warned of serious consequences of increased bacterial resistance. It is estimated that every year 25,000 people — 2,500 in Spain — are already dying in Europe – by bacteria and or antibiotic-resistant microorganisms. To continue in this progression, some experts predict that bacterial infections can again be a scourge for humanity as y were before discovery of penicillin, that is, a common cause of death at any age. Losing treasure that represents arsenal of antibiotics with which to cure infections would be worst disaster. And worst thing is that this can happen not because it is inevitable, but as a result of a regrettable apathy that covers whole productive chain, from authorities that have mission to monitor correct prescription of drugs, veterinarians who They prescribe and ranchers who administer m.

Spain is second EU country, after Cyprus, in which more antibiotics are used in animal husbandry, according to a report issued by European Medicines Agency. We use four times more antibiotics than Germany and six times more than France, to name two countries with important cattle huts. The consequences of this recklessness do not pay only those who comment on infringement. We all pay. Although re is a higher incidence of bacterial resistance in countries with higher consumption of antibiotics, problem will eventually spread, as bacteria do not stop at borders. For that reason, some countries like Belgium have threatened to denounce Spain for non-compliance with prescription patterns, both in animals and in humans.

The use of antibiotics in livestock declined in rest of Europe by 13% between 2011 and 2015. In Spain re is not even data of that period. In 2014, a strategic plan was approved to reduce consumption of one of most commonly used antibiotics in pig rearing, colistin. It is a last resort antibiotic for humans that is used to prevent farm infections due to overcrowding of animals. The plan is based on voluntary and, although 70% of meat companies have been formally adhered to, consumption has barely decreased by 3% in last year. Because persuasion does not work, WHO recommends: Prohibition as a prophylactic.

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