14 An­tibi­otic trap tight­ens

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

In 2014, when WHO warned that re­sis­tance to an­tibi­otics is spread­ing as a ma­jor public health threat, the Cen­tre in­tro­duced a pol­icy to re­strict the sale of an­tibi­otics to curb the grow­ing re­sis­tance. The move seemed im­prac­ti­cal in the In­dian set­ting where there are no checks on over-the­counter sale of an­tibi­otics. We spoke to ex­perts in "Fa­tal re­sis­tance" (Oc­to­ber 16-31, 2011) and of­fered ways to cur­tail the ir­ra­tional use of drugs. While the gov­ern­ment is yet to act on any of the sug­ges­tions, in 2014, our cor­re­spon­dents, along with Cen­tre for Science and En­vi­ron­ment re­searchers, found that poul­try meat could be churn­ing out ro­bust mi­crobes that could ren­der all an­tibi­otics in­ef­fec­tive ("Hatch­ing su­per­bugs", Au­gust 1-15, 2014).

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