An article in Business Standard says “Seeking quick, cheap solutions to colds and fevers threatens to place two million Indians at risk of dying every year by 2050”. It also quotes levels of resistant bacteria in poultry in India, which is a concern in relation to home hygiene.
Earlier this year, 40% of poultry samples tested for 6 antibiotics by the Centre for Science and Environment, a Delhi-based advocacy, tested positive for antibiotic residue; 22.9% of the samples contained residues of one antibiotic and 17% had residues of more than one. “Antibiotic-resistant bacteria could develop in the chicken itself and get transferred to humans eating meat,” said Chandra Bhushan, CSE’s deputy director general. “Or, it (resistance) could develop in humans ingesting or handling tainted meat, as the body is continually subjected to the antibiotic.
The article can be found at: http://www.business-standard.com/article/beyond-business/2-million-reasons-india-should-restrict-antibiotics-114122600567_1.html