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Overuse of animal antibiotics threatens human health

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 28 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:536
  1. Richard Woodman
  1. London

    Giving antibiotics to farm animals results in the emergence of resistant bacteria with potentially calamitous consequences for human health, warns a report from the United Kingdom Advisory Committee on the Micro-biological Safety of Food

    The committee, which was set up to provide the government with independent expert advice, says that it is clear that some of the resistant strains seen in food animals are capable of infecting humans Moreover, the ability of micro-organisms …

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