Do People Catch Antibiotic Resistance From Cattle?

This article written by Dr. Reynold Bergen, BCRC Science Director, originally appeared in the April 2011 issue of Canadian Cattlemen magazine and is reprinted on the BCRC Blog with permission of the publisher.

Livestock are often blamed for a lot of the antimicrobial resistant pathogens encountered in human medicine. But if antimicrobial use in cattle really contributed to antimicrobial resistance in human pathogens, wouldn’t the feedlot staff who use veterinary antimicrobials to treat sick cattle be the first people to develop antimicrobial resistance? Fortunately, those questions have already been answered by a Canada-Alberta Beef Industry Development Fund study led by Dr. Ron Read of the University of Calgary’s Department of Medicine.

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