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Health Experts to Explore Antibiotic Use In Animals at Symposium

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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November, 6, 2014
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

Who

Top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts on antibiotic resistance and foodborne disease Steve Solomon, Robert Tauxe and Tom Chiller will join federal partners, veterinarians and other human and animal health experts.

What

2014 Antibiotics Symposium hosted by National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA)

When

Wednesday, November 12 – Friday, November 14, 2014

Where

Crowne Plaza Midtown Hotel, Atlanta, GA

Why

Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat in human medicine. Antibiotic-resistant foodborne Salmonella and Campylobacter alone cause an estimated 410,000 illnesses annually in the United States. While progress has been made in recent years, 1 in 5 Salmonella Heidelberg infections are resistant to the antibiotic ceftriaxone, making them harder to treat, especially in children. Increasingly, experts are realizing the integral role that animal health and use of antibiotics in livestock plays in rising antibiotic resistance in some foodborne germs that make people sick. This symposium will explore key issues around antibiotic resistance including: antimicrobial use and resistance in humans and in animals, antibiotic stewardship in both humans and   animals, and how to prevent resistance.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

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