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The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance publishes its first paper

December 16, 2014

“urgent action is needed to reduce antibiotic use in all sectors, including farming” according to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics.

Responding to mounting international concern about the rise of drug-resistant infections, in July 2014 the UK Prime Minister commissioned  this review on antimicrobial resistance. By the summer of 2016, the Review will recommend a package of actions that we think should be agreed internationally to tackle this growing threat.

This first report, says that by 2050, drug-resistant infections will kill an extra ten million people a year worldwide and that the total global cost of antimicrobial resistance will be $100 trillion.

E. coli is identified as the bacterial infection which will have the greatest economic impact, accounting for nearly half the total cost. Many scientists believe that the overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing significantly to the rise of resistance in human E. coli infections.

The report can be read in full here.

More information on The Alliance to Save our Antibiotics, an alliance of health, medical, environmental and animal welfare groups working to stop the over-use of antibiotics in animal farming, can be found on the soil association website.