Antibiotics, when over used, are a problem for animals and humans. Antimicrobial resistance is a global public health challenge, which has accelerated by the overuse of antibiotics worldwide. Increased antimicrobial resistance is the cause of severe infections, complications, longer hospital stays and increased mortality. Overprescribing of antibiotics is associated with an increased risk of adverse effects, more frequent re-attendance and increased medicalization of self-limiting conditions.
The same is for livestock!
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Viral phage therapy is the therapeutic use of bacteriophages to treat pathogenic bacterial infections. Phage therapy has many potential applications in human medicine as well as veterinary science, and agriculture.
Bacteriophages are much more specific than antibiotics. They are typically harmless not only to the host organism, but also to other beneficial bacteria, such as the gut flora, reducing the chances of opportunistic infections.
Phages tend to be more successful than antibiotics where there is a biofilm covered by a polysaccharide layer, which antibiotics typically cannot penetrate. Specific Phages can. Bacteriophages are very specific, targeting only one or a few strains of bacteria.Traditional antibiotics have more wide-ranging effect, killing both harmful bacteria and useful bacteria such as those facilitating food digestion. The species and strain specificity of bacteriophages makes it unlikely that harmless or useful bacteria will be killed when fighting an infection.
Bacteriophages were discovered in 1915 and are present in our natural eco-systems.
Notice the Bacteriophages attacking a pathogen in the picture too the left. These bacteriophages were discovered in 1915 and were used prior to the commercialization of antibiotics. These viruses are harmless not only to humans but are only specific to the pathogen. So unlike antibiotics, they only destroy the pathogens harmful to humans and livestock. The have already been developed for many plant and crop diseases as well.