But the scale of the potential problem was highlighted in a recent report by the Soil Association, which collated figures on the total usage of different types of antibiotic for humans and for animals:
With the discovery of antimicrobials in the 1940s, scientists prophesied the defeat of infectious diseases that had plagued humankind throughout history. However, the remarkable healing power of antibiotics invites widespread and often inappropriate use. This misuse and overuse of antibiotics leads to antibiotic resistance among bacteria and consequent treatment complications and increased healthcare costs.
Keyword - Antibiotic biosynthesis (KW-0045) - UniProt