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Associated Press: Pressure Rises To Stop Antibiotics In Agriculture
January 4, 2010, 3:00 pm
Filed under: News

Pressure rises to stop antibiotics in agriculture; animals fed 70 percent of US antibiotics
By MARGIE MASON AND MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press Writers

The mystery started the day farmer Russ Kremer got between a jealous boar and a sow in heat.

This July 9, 2009 photo shows hogs standing in an Elite Pork Partnership confinement building in Carroll, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
(AP)The boar gored Kremer in the knee with a razor-sharp tusk. The burly pig farmer shrugged it off, figuring: “You pour the blood out of your boot and go on.”

But Kremer’s red-hot leg ballooned to double its size. A strep infection spread, threatening his life and baffling doctors. Two months of multiple antibiotics did virtually nothing.

The answer was flowing in the veins of the boar. The animal had been fed low doses of penicillin, spawning a strain of strep that was resistant to other antibiotics. That drug-resistant germ passed to Kremer.

Like Kremer, more and more Americans — many of them living far from barns and pastures — are at risk from the widespread practice of feeding livestock antibiotics. These animals grow faster, but they can also develop drug-resistant infections that are passed on to people. The issue is now gaining attention because of interest from a new White House administration and a flurry of new research tying antibiotic use in animals to drug resistance in people.

Read the article at http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=9435333

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