Increasing transmission of antibiotic resistance from animals to humans

Frank Møller Aarestrup, Niels Frimodt-Møller

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The importance of the animal reservoir for emergence of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria in humans is difficult to estimate. In this article we give our estimate of the importance and also highlight on which points we have become wiser during recent years. We conclude that it still is the human usage of antibiotics which contributes most to resistance observed in humans, but also that the contribution from animals is large and larger than estimated just a few years ago. This indicates the need to implement restriction on antimicrobial usage for both humans and animals.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Issue number36
Pages (from-to)2180-2183
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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