Is the shrimp sector spreading antimicrobial resistance?

(07/09/19)

The extent that the use of antibiotics in the shrimp farming sector could be responsible for the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the subject of an illuminating new study.

The authors of the study, Evaluating antimicrobial resistance in the global shrimp industry, which has been published in latest issue of Reviews in Aquaculture, note that AMR is a growing threat to global public health which has been predicted to contribute to the death of over 10 million people annually by 2050 and that the overuse of antibiotics in shrimp aquaculture may play a role in global AMR dissemination.

They explain that “the vast majority of shrimp production occurs in low‐ and middle‐income countries, where..........................................................


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