On average, someone in the United States gets an antibiotic-resistant infection about every 10 seconds. About every 11 minutes, someone dies.
That’s according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And as the Washington Post reported this week, those numbers confirm that deadly superbugs pose a worse threat than previously thought.
According to the Post, while antibiotic resistance is particularly deadly for patients in hospitals and nursing homes and those with weak immune systems, it’s now also threatening people undergoing common surgeries and therapies, such as knee replacements and cancer treatments.
Why are antibiotics becoming less and less effective? Because their overuse causes bacteria to evolve into “superbugs” capable of resisting them. Doctors share some of the blame, for over-prescribing antibiotics.
But the other leading cause of antibiotic resistance is the overuse of antibiotics in industrial factory farming.
To fatten up animals faster, and to keep them “healthy” in crowded, filthy environments, factory farm animals are routinely fed antibiotics—including some that are critical for treating humans.
What can you do? Boycott all industrial meat products. And help us pressure Congress to end the routine use of antibiotics in industrial meat production.