I've been a part of this commission for the better part of a year, working with other infectious disease physicians, pediatricians, veterinarians, microbiologists and other experts to craft a roadmap, consisting of 11 core policy recommendations, to help move the U.S. forward in addressing the contribution of livestock antibiotic use to the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance. Our white paper was just released: Combating Antibiotic Resistance: A Policy Roadmap to Reduce Use of Medically Important Antibiotics in Livestock.
New at Mental Floss, 5 Ways a Post-Antibiotic Era Could Change Medicine.
In the Washington Post, I write about "antibiotic-free" meat products--what does it mean? What does ‘meat raised without antibiotics’ mean — and why is it important?
A blog post discussing our new paper: ST398 carriage and infections in farmers, United States.
Online now at Clinical Infectious Diseases, Wardyn SE, Forshey BM, Farina S, Kates AE, Nair R, Quick M, Wu J, Hanson BM, O’Malley S, Shows H, Heywood E, Beane-Freeman LE, Lynch CF, Carrel M, Smith TC. Swine farming is a risk factor for infection with and high prevalence of multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Clinical Infectious Diseases, in press, 2015.
Part of Kolie Eko's Master's degree work: Eko K, Foshey B, Carrel M, Perencevich E, Schweizer M, Smith TC. Molecular characterization of hospital and community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a Veterans Affairs Hospital. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, in press.
"Countries Wary Of Drug-Resistant Staph Moving From Pigs To People" in which my work and other developments in livestock-associated Staphylococcus aureus are covered by Maryn McKenna.
Part of the PLoS Pathogens "Pearls" series, a new review: Livestock-Associated Staphylococcus aureus: The United States Experience.
Bethany Brookshire writes about some of our latest lab research--and our high school student, Yutao (Max) Su, who helped with it as a summer project in my lab.
My colleague Chris Heaney's research is written up in today's New York Times. Our previous study examining carriage of Staphylococcus aureus in veterinary students is mentioned.
Tara and company