Effect of antimicrobial use on the resistance of Escherichia coli in faecal flora of pigs
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The SafePork conference series began in 1996 to bring together international researchers, industry, and government agencies to discuss current Salmonella research and identify research needs pertaining to both pig and pork production. In subsequent years topics of research presented at these conferences expanded to include other chemical and biological hazards to pig and pork production.
The antimicrobial use in veterinary medicine is of concern because of possible transmisston of resistant bacteria to humans. However the relation between use and occurrence of resistance is poorly documented in the field. Sixteen farrow-to-fimsh herds were selected and classified on the frequency of antimicrobial administrations (low (LU), medium (MU) and high (HU) users). lndtcative Eschenchia coli strains were tsolated from faeces of sows (5 per herd) and young pigs (3 per sow) at several ttmes during animals' hfe and tested for reststance to amoxicillin, gentamicin, trimethoprim-sulfamids and tetracyclin. The percentages of resistant strams were compared between herd groups.