Antibiotic Use in Animals & the Alarming Uptick in “Superbugs”

The Rise of Antibiotics
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  • array(18) { ["ID"]=> int(3054246) ["id"]=> int(3054246) ["title"]=> string(63) "80% of Antibiotics Are Administered to Farm Animals, Not Humans" ["filename"]=> string(16) "Antibiotic_2.jpg" ["url"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_2.jpg" ["alt"]=> string(35) "imgage of CAFO and img of superbugs" ["author"]=> string(6) "788840" ["description"]=> string(551) "The overuse of antibiotics has contributed to the development of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” - which are proving incredibly dangerous to humans - such a MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). The good news? Healthcare providers have become more vigilant about not overprescribing antibiotics. Yet what is not as well known is that a whopping 80% of antibiotics are administered to healthy farm animals and poultry to prevent disease in shockingly overcrowded, unsanitary conditions, and to promote growth of the livestock. Yikes!" ["caption"]=> string(0) "" ["name"]=> string(12) "antibiotic_2" ["date"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:32:33" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:33:55" ["mime_type"]=> string(10) "image/jpeg" ["type"]=> string(5) "image" ["icon"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage.com/wp-includes/images/media/default.png" ["width"]=> int(680) ["height"]=> int(360) ["sizes"]=> array(21) { ["thumbnail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_2-120x120.jpg" ["thumbnail-width"]=> int(120) ["thumbnail-height"]=> int(120) ["medium"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_2-220x116.jpg" ["medium-width"]=> int(220) ["medium-height"]=> int(116) ["medium_large"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_2.jpg" ["medium_large-width"]=> int(680) ["medium_large-height"]=> int(360) ["large"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_2-500x265.jpg" ["large-width"]=> int(500) ["large-height"]=> int(265) ["sq-thumb"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_2-226x226.jpg" ["sq-thumb-width"]=> int(226) ["sq-thumb-height"]=> int(226) ["large-ft"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_2.jpg" ["large-ft-width"]=> int(680) ["large-ft-height"]=> int(360) ["detail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_2-150x150.jpg" ["detail-width"]=> int(150) ["detail-height"]=> int(150) } }
  • array(18) { ["ID"]=> int(3054247) ["id"]=> int(3054247) ["title"]=> string(71) "Does Antibiotic Use in Animals Result in Food-to-Table “Superbugs”?" ["filename"]=> string(16) "Antibiotic_3.jpg" ["url"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_3.jpg" ["alt"]=> string(53) "Person in hospital, image of meat/poltury low opacity" ["author"]=> string(6) "788840" ["description"]=> string(432) "Yes, according to an article from Consumers Union entitled “The Overuse of Antibiotics in Food Animals Threatens Public Health.” The report states that “Humans are at risk both due to potential presence of superbugs in meat and poultry, and to the general migration of superbugs into the environment, where they can transmit their genetic immunity to antibiotics to other bacteria, including bacteria that make people sick.”" ["caption"]=> string(0) "" ["name"]=> string(12) "antibiotic_3" ["date"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:32:34" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:34:47" ["mime_type"]=> string(10) "image/jpeg" ["type"]=> string(5) "image" ["icon"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage.com/wp-includes/images/media/default.png" ["width"]=> int(680) ["height"]=> int(360) ["sizes"]=> array(21) { ["thumbnail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_3-120x120.jpg" ["thumbnail-width"]=> int(120) ["thumbnail-height"]=> int(120) ["medium"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_3-220x116.jpg" ["medium-width"]=> int(220) ["medium-height"]=> int(116) ["medium_large"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_3.jpg" ["medium_large-width"]=> int(680) ["medium_large-height"]=> int(360) ["large"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_3-500x265.jpg" ["large-width"]=> int(500) ["large-height"]=> int(265) ["sq-thumb"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_3-226x226.jpg" ["sq-thumb-width"]=> int(226) ["sq-thumb-height"]=> int(226) ["large-ft"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_3.jpg" ["large-ft-width"]=> int(680) ["large-ft-height"]=> int(360) ["detail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_3-150x150.jpg" ["detail-width"]=> int(150) ["detail-height"]=> int(150) } }
  • array(18) { ["ID"]=> int(3054248) ["id"]=> int(3054248) ["title"]=> string(84) "Major Health Organizations Want the Use of Antibiotics in Food Animals to Be Limited" ["filename"]=> string(16) "Antibiotic_4.jpg" ["url"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_4.jpg" ["alt"]=> string(48) "logos of AMA, APHA, IDSA, WHO in dynamic collage" ["author"]=> string(6) "788840" ["description"]=> string(270) "The American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, Infectious Disease Society of America, and the World Health Organization have ALL called for substantial decreases in the use of antibiotics for food animals due to the serious risks posed to humans. " ["caption"]=> string(0) "" ["name"]=> string(12) "antibiotic_4" ["date"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:32:35" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:35:24" ["mime_type"]=> string(10) "image/jpeg" ["type"]=> string(5) "image" ["icon"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage.com/wp-includes/images/media/default.png" ["width"]=> int(680) ["height"]=> int(360) ["sizes"]=> array(21) { ["thumbnail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_4-120x120.jpg" ["thumbnail-width"]=> int(120) ["thumbnail-height"]=> int(120) ["medium"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_4-220x116.jpg" ["medium-width"]=> int(220) ["medium-height"]=> int(116) ["medium_large"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_4.jpg" ["medium_large-width"]=> int(680) ["medium_large-height"]=> int(360) ["large"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_4-500x265.jpg" ["large-width"]=> int(500) ["large-height"]=> int(265) ["sq-thumb"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_4-226x226.jpg" ["sq-thumb-width"]=> int(226) ["sq-thumb-height"]=> int(226) ["large-ft"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_4.jpg" ["large-ft-width"]=> int(680) ["large-ft-height"]=> int(360) ["detail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_4-150x150.jpg" ["detail-width"]=> int(150) ["detail-height"]=> int(150) } }
  • array(18) { ["ID"]=> int(3054249) ["id"]=> int(3054249) ["title"]=> string(62) "Has There Been Any Decrease in Antibiotic Use in Food Animals?" ["filename"]=> string(16) "Antibiotic_5.jpg" ["url"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_5.jpg" ["alt"]=> string(24) "collage with word DANGER" ["author"]=> string(6) "788840" ["description"]=> string(284) "A key Consumers Union article, published in 2012, reported that almost NO progress has been made to lower the use of antibiotics on farms. As of 2017, the Food and Drug Administration is working on the problem, but it has yet to be resolved. And this spells D-A-N-G-E-R for all of us." ["caption"]=> string(0) "" ["name"]=> string(12) "antibiotic_5" ["date"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:32:35" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:36:00" ["mime_type"]=> string(10) "image/jpeg" ["type"]=> string(5) "image" ["icon"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage.com/wp-includes/images/media/default.png" ["width"]=> int(680) ["height"]=> int(360) ["sizes"]=> array(21) { ["thumbnail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_5-120x120.jpg" ["thumbnail-width"]=> int(120) ["thumbnail-height"]=> int(120) ["medium"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_5-220x116.jpg" ["medium-width"]=> int(220) ["medium-height"]=> int(116) ["medium_large"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_5.jpg" ["medium_large-width"]=> int(680) ["medium_large-height"]=> int(360) ["large"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_5-500x265.jpg" ["large-width"]=> int(500) ["large-height"]=> int(265) ["sq-thumb"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_5-226x226.jpg" ["sq-thumb-width"]=> int(226) ["sq-thumb-height"]=> int(226) ["large-ft"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_5.jpg" ["large-ft-width"]=> int(680) ["large-ft-height"]=> int(360) ["detail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_5-150x150.jpg" ["detail-width"]=> int(150) ["detail-height"]=> int(150) } }
  • array(18) { ["ID"]=> int(3054250) ["id"]=> int(3054250) ["title"]=> string(17) "What can be done?" ["filename"]=> string(16) "Antibiotic_6.jpg" ["url"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_6.jpg" ["alt"]=> string(34) "image of researchers in modern lab" ["author"]=> string(6) "788840" ["description"]=> string(323) "Ideally — researchers would work towards developing new antibiotics, to which bacteria are not resistant. As well - far stricter guidelines around the use of these new antibiotics would help ensure that they, too, do not fall prey to the dangers of drug resistance. While this sounds great, it's not what's happening....." ["caption"]=> string(0) "" ["name"]=> string(12) "antibiotic_6" ["date"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:32:36" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:36:32" ["mime_type"]=> string(10) "image/jpeg" ["type"]=> string(5) "image" ["icon"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage.com/wp-includes/images/media/default.png" ["width"]=> int(680) ["height"]=> int(360) ["sizes"]=> array(21) { ["thumbnail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_6-120x120.jpg" ["thumbnail-width"]=> int(120) ["thumbnail-height"]=> int(120) ["medium"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_6-220x116.jpg" ["medium-width"]=> int(220) ["medium-height"]=> int(116) ["medium_large"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_6.jpg" ["medium_large-width"]=> int(680) ["medium_large-height"]=> int(360) ["large"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_6-500x265.jpg" ["large-width"]=> int(500) ["large-height"]=> int(265) ["sq-thumb"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_6-226x226.jpg" ["sq-thumb-width"]=> int(226) ["sq-thumb-height"]=> int(226) ["large-ft"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_6.jpg" ["large-ft-width"]=> int(680) ["large-ft-height"]=> int(360) ["detail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_6-150x150.jpg" ["detail-width"]=> int(150) ["detail-height"]=> int(150) } }
  • array(18) { ["ID"]=> int(3054251) ["id"]=> int(3054251) ["title"]=> string(63) "Are New Antibiotics Being Developed to Conquer “Superbugs”?" ["filename"]=> string(16) "Antibiotic_7.jpg" ["url"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_7.jpg" ["alt"]=> string(52) "dollar bills, drug researchers, image of NYT article" ["author"]=> string(6) "788840" ["description"]=> string(548) "There is no financial incentive for drug companies to develop new antibiotics. Why? Typically, antibiotics cure people and are not used for long periods of time — which means that they are not an ongoing source of potential revenue. An article in The New York Times on February 27th, 2017 by Donald G. McNeil Jr. quoted Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Assistant Director General, as saying, “If we leave it to market forces alone, the new antibiotics we most urgently need are not going to be developed in time.”" ["caption"]=> string(0) "" ["name"]=> string(12) "antibiotic_7" ["date"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:32:37" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:37:09" ["mime_type"]=> string(10) "image/jpeg" ["type"]=> string(5) "image" ["icon"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage.com/wp-includes/images/media/default.png" ["width"]=> int(680) ["height"]=> int(360) ["sizes"]=> array(21) { ["thumbnail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_7-120x120.jpg" ["thumbnail-width"]=> int(120) ["thumbnail-height"]=> int(120) ["medium"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_7-220x116.jpg" ["medium-width"]=> int(220) ["medium-height"]=> int(116) ["medium_large"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_7.jpg" ["medium_large-width"]=> int(680) ["medium_large-height"]=> int(360) ["large"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_7-500x265.jpg" ["large-width"]=> int(500) ["large-height"]=> int(265) ["sq-thumb"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_7-226x226.jpg" ["sq-thumb-width"]=> int(226) ["sq-thumb-height"]=> int(226) ["large-ft"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_7.jpg" ["large-ft-width"]=> int(680) ["large-ft-height"]=> int(360) ["detail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_7-150x150.jpg" ["detail-width"]=> int(150) ["detail-height"]=> int(150) } }
  • array(18) { ["ID"]=> int(3054252) ["id"]=> int(3054252) ["title"]=> string(59) "Could collaboration between doctors and veterinarians help?" ["filename"]=> string(16) "Antibiotic_8.jpg" ["url"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_8.jpg" ["alt"]=> string(42) "image of doctors and veterinarians diptych" ["author"]=> string(6) "788840" ["description"]=> string(403) "Yes. Dr. Marie-Pule Kieny - W.H.O Assistant Director General, said that the W.H.O. would like to have more collaboration between medical doctors and veterinarians “because resistance that arises in animals can spread to humans”. Similarly, an article in February 2017 in Essays in Biochemistry discusses the development, transmission, and public health impact of antimibrobial resistance in animals." ["caption"]=> string(0) "" ["name"]=> string(12) "antibiotic_8" ["date"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:32:38" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:40:24" ["mime_type"]=> string(10) "image/jpeg" ["type"]=> string(5) "image" ["icon"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage.com/wp-includes/images/media/default.png" ["width"]=> int(680) ["height"]=> int(360) ["sizes"]=> array(21) { ["thumbnail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_8-120x120.jpg" ["thumbnail-width"]=> int(120) ["thumbnail-height"]=> int(120) ["medium"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_8-220x116.jpg" ["medium-width"]=> int(220) ["medium-height"]=> int(116) ["medium_large"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_8.jpg" ["medium_large-width"]=> int(680) ["medium_large-height"]=> int(360) ["large"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_8-500x265.jpg" ["large-width"]=> int(500) ["large-height"]=> int(265) ["sq-thumb"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_8-226x226.jpg" ["sq-thumb-width"]=> int(226) ["sq-thumb-height"]=> int(226) ["large-ft"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_8.jpg" ["large-ft-width"]=> int(680) ["large-ft-height"]=> int(360) ["detail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_8-150x150.jpg" ["detail-width"]=> int(150) ["detail-height"]=> int(150) } }
  • array(18) { ["ID"]=> int(3054253) ["id"]=> int(3054253) ["title"]=> string(102) "What Can You Do to Avoid Food and Dairy Products from Animals That Have Been Treated with Antibiotics?" ["filename"]=> string(16) "Antibiotic_9.jpg" ["url"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_9.jpg" ["alt"]=> string(100) "image of food with USDA orgainc, "American Grassfed Crtified" - against image of healthy field/grass" ["author"]=> string(6) "788840" ["description"]=> string(543) "Check food labels. Foods bearing the labels “USDA Certified Organic” and "American Grass Fed Certified" have been verified by a third-party agency. There is no third party guaranteeing the labels “No antibiotics administered” and “Raised without antibiotics.” Also visit Certified Humane and the National Antimicrobial Monitoring System. Want to learn more? Then check out our comprehensive article about labels and humanely raised animals" ["caption"]=> string(0) "" ["name"]=> string(12) "antibiotic_9" ["date"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:32:38" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 20:52:45" ["mime_type"]=> string(10) "image/jpeg" ["type"]=> string(5) "image" ["icon"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage.com/wp-includes/images/media/default.png" ["width"]=> int(680) ["height"]=> int(360) ["sizes"]=> array(21) { ["thumbnail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_9-120x120.jpg" ["thumbnail-width"]=> int(120) ["thumbnail-height"]=> int(120) ["medium"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_9-220x116.jpg" ["medium-width"]=> int(220) ["medium-height"]=> int(116) ["medium_large"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_9.jpg" ["medium_large-width"]=> int(680) ["medium_large-height"]=> int(360) ["large"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_9-500x265.jpg" ["large-width"]=> int(500) ["large-height"]=> int(265) ["sq-thumb"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_9-226x226.jpg" ["sq-thumb-width"]=> int(226) ["sq-thumb-height"]=> int(226) ["large-ft"]=> string(48) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_9.jpg" ["large-ft-width"]=> int(680) ["large-ft-height"]=> int(360) ["detail"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_9-150x150.jpg" ["detail-width"]=> int(150) ["detail-height"]=> int(150) } }
  • array(18) { ["ID"]=> int(3054254) ["id"]=> int(3054254) ["title"]=> string(37) "Combination Therapy May Be the Answer" ["filename"]=> string(17) "Antibiotic_10.jpg" ["url"]=> string(49) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_10.jpg" ["alt"]=> string(20) "Prescription Bottles" ["author"]=> string(6) "788840" ["description"]=> string(744) "Research done at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and published March 6th 2017 in Nature Microbiology discovered an effective combination therapy that has the potential to change medical practice for the treatment of the drug resistant infections: anti-fungal medication. This treatment was particularly potent when used with antibiotics against multidrug-resistant bacteria. Whle thus far proven effective in the lab and and in mice, there is hope that this discovery may by key to combating the effects of antibiotic-resistance. More work must be done regarding side effects and safety in humans. In the meantime, the negative impact of antibiotic use in food animals on human health remains a global problem of critical proportions." ["caption"]=> string(0) "" ["name"]=> string(13) "antibiotic_10" ["date"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:32:39" ["modified"]=> string(19) "2017-03-13 17:41:40" ["mime_type"]=> string(10) "image/jpeg" ["type"]=> string(5) "image" ["icon"]=> string(56) "http://thirdage.com/wp-includes/images/media/default.png" ["width"]=> int(680) ["height"]=> int(360) ["sizes"]=> array(21) { ["thumbnail"]=> string(57) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_10-120x120.jpg" ["thumbnail-width"]=> int(120) ["thumbnail-height"]=> int(120) ["medium"]=> string(57) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_10-220x116.jpg" ["medium-width"]=> int(220) ["medium-height"]=> int(116) ["medium_large"]=> string(49) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_10.jpg" ["medium_large-width"]=> int(680) ["medium_large-height"]=> int(360) ["large"]=> string(57) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_10-500x265.jpg" ["large-width"]=> int(500) ["large-height"]=> int(265) ["sq-thumb"]=> string(57) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_10-226x226.jpg" ["sq-thumb-width"]=> int(226) ["sq-thumb-height"]=> int(226) ["large-ft"]=> string(49) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_10.jpg" ["large-ft-width"]=> int(680) ["large-ft-height"]=> int(360) ["detail"]=> string(57) "http://thirdage-assets.thirdage.com/field/image/Antibiotic_10-150x150.jpg" ["detail-width"]=> int(150) ["detail-height"]=> int(150) } }

The Rise of Antibiotics

Antibiotics have been used since the 1940s — and their discovery has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases. And that's great. BUT... the extensive (read: overuse) of antibiotic medication has resulted in drug resistance that threatens to reverse the medical advances of the last seventy years, according to he federal Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. So what does this mean? Antibiotics have been used so widely and for so long, and are so often prescribed when not needed, that antibiotic resistance has become a major public health threat.