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Your Call: How should antibiotics be used so they are effective?

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S. aureus bacteria escaping destruction by human white blood cells

  

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about our reliance on antibiotics.

For decades now, we have relied on antibiotics to fight everything from minor to major infections. But our overuse of antibiotics in medicine and factory farming are creating antibiotic resistant bacteria. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 2 million people a year get sick from antibiotic resistant bacteria and 23,000 die. They say this is a serious threat to public health. Why aren’t antibiotics working as effectively any more? What are the solutions?  

Guests

Dr. Mike Bell, Deputy Director, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion 

Patty Lovera, Assistant Director, Food & Water Watch

Resources

Center for Disease Control (CDC): Antibiotic / Antimicrobial Resistance

Food and Water Watch: Celebrities Call for Action to Stop Abuse of Antibiotics on Factory Farms

Wired Science Blogs: Super Bug  

World Health Organization (report): Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance 2014

CDC (report): Antibiotic Resistance Threat in the United States 2013

PBS Frontline (2013): Dr. Arjun Srinivasan: We’ve Reached “The End of Antibiotics, Period”