Issues and Advocacy

Antibiotics and Risk

The following flow chart illustrates how animal antibiotic use impacts humans, including the very low likelihood of developing a resistance to antibiotics.  In order for a human to develop antibiotic resistant bacteria, EACH of these events would have to occur.

The following risks were calculated by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis to show how likely humans are to:

Risk (High to Low) Yearly Probability
   
Become injured on the job 1 in 49
   
Die from heart disease 1 in 384
   
Die from pneumonia 1 in 4,300
   
Die from the flu 1 in 130,000
   
Die from choking 1 in 200,000
   
Acquire a food-borne infection from fruit
or vegetables
1 in 200,000
   
Be struck by lightning 1 in 550,000
   
Contract illness or die from the chicken pox 1 in 4.4 million
   
Die from a bee sting 1 in 6 million
   
Acquire resistant Campylobacter from
macrolide-treated poultry which results
in treatment failure
<1 in 14 million
   
Die from a dog bite 1 in 18 million
   
Acquire resistant Campylobacter from
macrolide-treated swine which results
in treatment failure
<1 in 53 million
   
Acquire resistant Campylobacter from
macrolide-treated beef which results in
treatment failure
<1 in 236 million
   
Acquire resistant E. faecium from macrolide-
treated poultry which results in treatment
failure
<1 in 3 billion
   
Acquire resistant E. faecium from macrolide-
treated swine which results in treatment
failure
<1 in 21 billion
   
Acquire resistant E. faecium from macrolide-        
treated beef which results in treatment
failure
<1 in 29 billion