Superbugs, Super Problems: Agricultural Antibiotics and Emerging Infections

Date: September 16, 2010

2105 First Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55404


The new scientific consensus is that routine, unnecessary use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry contributes significantly to a costly epidemic of antibiotic resistance. One result is the emergence of new infections with farm links, including Salmonella resistant to multiple drugs (including the critical cephalosporins), resistant E coli, and MRSA.  We are joined by three presenters who recently testified before Congress on this issue: infectious disease and noted E coli expert, Dr. James Johnson, Maryn McKenna, author of Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA, and Dr. Gail Hansen, offering a veterinarian’s perspective on the need for new federal policy and why health professionals ought to weigh in.

James Johnson, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program and the VA Molecular Epidemiology Unit, IDSA representative.

Gail Hansen, DVM, Senior Officer, Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, Former state epidemiologist, Kansas.

Maryn McKenna, journalist and author, Superbug: the Fatal Menace of MRSA

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