Clinic of Birds and Exotic Animals

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POULTRYMED - Most U.S. Antibiotics Go to Animal Agriculture, 24 February, 2011, http://www.poultrymed.com 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed numbers this week that indicate animal agriculture consumes 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States, more than previously estimated.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) announced Wednesday that FDA confirmed the numbers with her office for the first time. She plans to reintroduce a bill she crafted in 2009 aimed at preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics important for human health by limiting their use in agriculture.
13.1 million kilograms of antibacterial drugs were sold for use on animals in 2009. Only 3.3 million kilograms are sold each year for human use in 2009.
There is no indication  what percent of the antibiotics given to food animals are the same types used to treat human illness. A large percentage of the antibiotics used to treat and prevent illness in animals are ionophores, compounds not used in human medicine.

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