Since their discovery, antibiotics have proved to be extremely successful in curing disease; illnesses that were once fatal are now easily treatable. But now, health leaders are raising the alarm over the potential overuse of antibiotics in people and food animals, which has led to the evolution of drug resistant bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistance affects more than two million in the U.S. and is responsible for the deaths of more than 23,000 Americans each year.
In this forum, The Atlantic will bring together key leaders to tackle the challenge of antibiotics in the 21st century. How can we best ensure the responsible use of antibiotics? Are regulations guiding the use of antibiotics in food animals sufficient to tackle growing antibiotic resistance? What is the likely impact on the meat industry as many fast food chains move toward phasing out the use of meat raised with antibiotics? What are the public health implications of the impending crisis in antibiotics effectiveness?
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