Antibiotic Use and Resistance

Antimicrobial use and resistance of bacteria to antibiotics is a major issue as bacteria can transfer between species and environments, and bacteria can acquire material from other bacteria that make them resistant. This could lead to relatively harmless bacteria coming in contact with another more dangerous type of bacteria and essentially handing over the genetic blueprints to resist one or more of our most commonly used antibiotics, eventually leading to “superbugs,” bacteria that cannot be treated with most antibiotics anymore.

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In this month’s first research summary, the use of critically important antimicrobials (CIA), important to human health, vs non-CIA in the treatment of mastitis is reviewed. In the second research summary, a probiotic is evaluated for its ability to offer protection against uterine infections post calving.

6.29 KS Critically important antimicrobials and mastitis (APR 2021)

Strategies to refining antimicrobial use are critical to reducing antimicrobial resistance

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6.30 KS Intravaginal Probiotics (APR 2021)

Using lactic acid treatments to reduce uterine infections and improve reproductive performance

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