Antibiotic Resistance Threatens Public Health
Doctors depend on antibiotics to treat illnesses caused by bacteria, from pneumonia to meningitis and other life-threatening infections. The effectiveness of many antibiotics has begun to
wane, the legacy of decades of unnecessary overuse in both human medicine and agriculture.
Keep Antibiotics Working is a coalition of health, consumer, agricultural, environmental, humane and other advocacy groups with more than
eleven million members dedicated to eliminating a major cause of antibiotic resistance: the inappropriate use of antibiotics in food animals.
For a general overview of the issue, see the Campaign's fact sheets: Antibiotic Resistance - An Emerging Public Health
Antibiotic Resistance and Animal Agriculture.