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Increasing Antibiotic Use Is A Serious Problem, Vietnam Health Official Says


 The Catfish Institute

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Increasing Antibiotic Use Is A Serious Problem, Vietnam Health Official Says

July 6, 2017 — “Abuse of antibiotics in animal husbandry, poultry rearing and aquaculture is increasing in Vietnam,” says Luong Ngoc Khue, director general of the Medical Examination and Treatment Department of the Ministry of Health.  Antibiotics in food and overuse to treat disease are causing a “serious” health problem in Vietnam, he said in an interview reported by VietnamNet.

Overuse of antibiotics enables microbial organisms that cause infectious diseases to adapt and become resistant to the drugs, rendering them ineffective to treat human illness.  “Vietnam has been listed as one of the countries with the highest percentage of ARM [antibiotic resistant microbes],” Luong Ngoc Khue explained.  “More seriously, some super bacteria have been detected in our country, and they are resistant to all types of antibiotic drugs.”
Eating antibiotic tainted seafood imports could lead to development of drug resistant microbes.  In the United States, 23,000 people die each year from drug resistant infections, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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