Navigation Links
New Ad Campaign Asks D.C. Commuters 'Who's Hogging Our Antibiotics?'
Date:6/3/2009

Up to 70 percent of antibiotics are fed to animals on factory farms

WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Who's hogging our antibiotics? That's the question a new advertising campaign is posing to area commuters and people visiting Capitol Hill.

The series of ads, revealed in D.C. Metro stations and trains this week by the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming (www.saveantibiotics.org), is part of the project's national effort to end the misuse of antibiotics in food animal production. Up to 70 percent of human antibiotics are being fed to animals on factory farms, which promotes the development of deadly strains of drug-resistant bacteria that can spread to humans.

"Human antibiotics are routinely misused on industrial farms to compensate for crowded, stressful and unsanitary conditions," said Laura Rogers, a project director with the Pew Health Group. "The way we are raising our food animals is putting human health at risk."

The ads can be seen in the Capitol South and Union Station Metro stops during June, as well as in Metro cars on the red and blue/orange line trains. A version of the ads will also be appearing soon online and in newspapers on Capitol Hill.

The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other leading medical groups agree that the growth of bacterial infections resistant to antibiotic treatment is a looming public health challenge. The groups also agree the misuse of antibiotics on industrial animal farms plays a significant role in this crisis. While antibiotics are prescribed to people for short-term disease treatment, these same critically important drugs -- like tetracycline, erythromycin and ciproflaxin -- are fed in low doses to large herds or flocks daily, often for the lifespan of the animal. This creates ideal conditions for the breeding of new and dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Here are the facts:

  • Up to 70% of U.S. antibiotics go to farm animals that aren't sick, to offset overcrowding and poor sanitation. This practice promotes the development of deadly strains of drug-resistant bacteria that can spread to humans.
  • Consumers are exposed to resistant bacteria through the handling and consumption of contaminated meat, through produce that has been exposed to resistant bacteria in soil and water, or even through direct contact with the bacteria in the environment.
  • Antibiotic-resistant infections cost the U.S. health care system at least $4 to $5 billion per year. One reason is the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms, which promotes the development of drug-resistant diseases.
  • Each year 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths occur due to people eating food contaminated by dangerous pathogens and bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli, which are often antibiotic resistant.
  • Food-borne bacteria are more dangerous in their antibiotic-resistant forms, because they are harder to treat and may require multiple antibiotic treatments, longer hospital stays and other interventions before finally being eliminated.

For more information and to see the new ad campaign, go to saveantibiotics.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Us TOO Launches National SEA Blue Campaign for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
2. Campaign for Americas Future Memorandum: Katrina Storm Warning
3. Longaberger Expands Horizon of Hope Campaign to Build Support for American Cancer Societys Breast Cancer Initiatives
4. ADDA Kicks Off AD/HD Awareness Campaign with Four Regional Conferences Beginning Sept. 29 and Series of Fall Teleclasses
5. ADDAS Awareness Campaign Offers Resources and Education to Adults Living with AD/HD and Professionals Working With Them
6. Mega Events in September Allow Heart Health Campaign to Reach Tens of Thousands of Hispanics During Cholesterol Awareness Month
7. Academy of General Dentistry Launches Campaign to Focus on Tooth Erosion
8. Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis Launches Aggressive Ad Campaign Directed at United States Congress
9. Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursings Future Joins With AACN to Offer New Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program
10. Cipla, Tell the Truth; AIDS Healthcare Foundation Launches New Ad Campaign
11. Fresh Air Campaign to Showcase Minnesotans Love of Smoke-Free Air
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... ... “Engineering Bubbles,” an oil painting submitted by Canadian radiology resident Dr. Kari ... the Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. The first annual art forum was a platform ... attendees. , “Through art I hope to educate people about radiology and its ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... DC (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... Results and Data Book for the 2016 Main Residency Match® (“the Match”), the ... positions in United States teaching institutions. A record-high 30,750 positions were placed in ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... Dr. Philip Shindler, dentist in ... day treatments. In the past, many necessary dental treatments could require multiple appointments to ... anesthetic shots and extra chair time. Not only could this be inconvenient, but it ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... East Los Angeles dentist , Dr. ... visit Dr. Assili to receive any dental extraction treatment for $40 off the regular ... 30, 2016. With the lower price, patients can more easily afford extractions to eliminate ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... NY (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... This ... reopened for its 2016 guest season which runs through October. Omega is offering a ... . , “There has never been such widespread interest in or need ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 3, 2016 ... heute bekannt, dass sie einen entscheidenden Meilenstein ... haben: Ein Aufruf zum Handeln, um Patientenresultate ... Veröffentlichung trägt zu Fortschritten im Verständnis der ... hervor, ein Bewusstsein für Hepatische Enzephalopathie in ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... N.J. , May 2, 2016  Celsion ... development company, today announced data from the first ... escalating clinical trial (the OVATION Study) combining GEN-1, ... care for the treatment of newly-diagnosed patients with ... followed by interval debulking surgery.  In the first ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... 2016 Interview ... Sanofi, leader mondial et diversifié ... pour le premier trimestre 2016. Le ... commente les résultats du premier trimestre ... le reste de l,année. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: