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Antimicrobial animals

Birnbaum, H, Roughley, M and D'Sa, R (2020) Antimicrobial animals. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine. ISSN 1745-3054

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Abstract

We are living in a time of enormous risk. Years of antibiotic overuse and misuse has contributed to a global threat, where an increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria are contributing to approximately 700,000 deaths per year. International institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK government are calling for new antibiotics and strategies to combat resistance (Tagliabue & Rappuoli, 2018).
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria adapt to antimicrobial drugs. These bacteria are often referred to as “superbugs”, and the drugs used to treat them become ineffective, infections persist in the body, and the risk of spread to others increases (World Health Organization, 2018). Superbugs are negatively contributing to our healthcare system‘s ability to treat patients effectively and the world urgently needs to change the way it prescribes and uses antibiotics. Unless new antibiotics or alternative strategies are developed to cope with this problem, society will no longer able to routinely use certain antibiotics. The simplest of medical procedures will also become life threatening.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Q Science > QL Zoology
Q Science > QR Microbiology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Divisions: Art & Design
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2020 10:18
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2020 10:18
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/17453054.2019.1705152
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11998

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