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Survey Finds Confusion Among Consumers Regarding Antibiotics

Consumers largely misunderstand leading contributor to human antibiotic resistance, a new survey shows.

Consumers are confused about the causes of antibiotic resistance, a new poll conducted by Nielsen/The Harris Poll for the American Meat Institute (AMI) and released this week has found.

In the survey, conducted online in March 2014 among 2,100 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, participants were asked, "According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which of the following is the greatest contributing factor to human antibiotic resistance?"Only four in ten Americans – 41% -- correctly answered "health professionals over-prescribing to people." 

Eighteen percent thought use of antibiotics in livestock production was the number one contributing factor according to the CDC. Seven percent thought the CDC found antimicrobial hand sanitizers to be the biggest factor; 5% thought the answer was drinking water and 28% said they were unsure.

During a September 2013 press conference to release a report on antibiotics, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, said, "Right now, the most acute problem is in hospitals. And the most resistant organisms in hospitals are emerging in those settings because of poor antimicrobial stewardship among humans."

To read more about the survey, click here.


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