Antimicrobial resistance is the resilience of pathogenic bacteria to antiobiotic drugs through adaptation and mutation, thus rendering these antimicrobials useless in fighting disease. Dr. Susan Sanchez, professor of infectious diseases in University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine and chair of UGA’s One Health Initiative, has stated that antimicrobial resistance is a major issue that cannot go unnoticed. In fact, the World Health Organization has declared it a major threat to human development.
Antibiotic resistance remains a concern in our food supply,our water, and in our pets. On farms, antibiotics have been banned from promoting growth in livestock and are required by federal law to be used only with veterinary oversight. Previous studies conducted by Dr. Brent Credille, assistant professor of beef production medicine, and UGA’s Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center have highlighted on antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in Georgia calves and poultry.
Antibiotic resistance researchers affiliated with UGA may speed up our understanding of how this issue works and determine how to alleviate this problem by better utilizing antibiotics on farms and in society.