Infection & Antibiotic Resistance
Unity against immunity
Many organisms live in and on our bodies. They are normally harmless and are even helpful, but some and under certain conditions, organisms may cause sickness and disease. Some of these infectious diseases can be passed from human to human, and human to animal and vice versa. Some are transmitted by bites from insects, some are acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water or being exposed to sickly organisms in their environment. More concerning still, some bacteria are becoming resistant to our developed antibiotics – the treatment originally developed to fight them.
For some of these bacteria, antibiotics are the only cure we have to fight them.
Humans suffer as a result of infection. Animals suffer as a result of infection.
Everyday there are advancements and research breakthroughs in both veterinary and human medicine, yet at present neither profession collaborates to share their information that would progress understanding and develop solutions to fight bacteria, viruses and infections affecting all species for the benefit of humans and animals simultaneously.
Is it right that patients like Monty and Gladys are at risk as the professionals responsible for their care ignore an alternative and more ethical way forward?
Is it right that we continue to test human medical advancements on otherwise healthy laboratory animals, often for human only benefit, when we have clinical patients like Monty who have successfully fought MRSA?
Unity against immunity should be our shared goal.
The experiences of both human and veterinary clinical practice and the knowledge learned in each should be shared to ensure we are fighting this battle together, finding long-term, sustainable solutions for all species.