- Contact with animals that have antimicrobial resistance (AMR) infections can transfer resistant bacteria to people, and vice versa.
- AMR infections in food-producing animals may pose a risk to human health through foods, but this needs further research.
- AMR can also be transmitted to humans via the environment, water and direct contact with animals, and vice versa.
What is industry doing?
- Industries have increased their efforts in AMR surveillance and adopting antimicrobial stewardship practices on farms.
- Industries have begun an Australian Intensive Animal Antimicrobial Stewardship working group to share ideas and to develop and implement stewardship frameworks.
What can you do?
- Understand that not all sick animals need antibiotics.
- Use suitable biosecurity practices to control infections.
- Separate sick animals to avoid spread of infection.
- Only use antibiotics when prescribed by your veterinarian.
- Keep to the withholding periods set out by your veterinarian.
- Consult your veterinarian for further information.