Nearly 3 million Americans get sick each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. At least 35,000 die.
Experts warn that these kinds of infections will become more prevalent without swift action, and one of the main causes is the overuse of our medically important antibiotics on factory farms. Now, research shows that workers on these farms are up to 15 times more likely to pick up a potentially dangerous strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria than individuals who don't work with animals. For the health of livestock workers and the general public, that's got to change.