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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2019 Apr;1441(1):3-7. doi: 10.1111/nyas.14057.

Antimicrobial resistance in a One Health context: exploring complexities, seeking solutions, and communicating risks.

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Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
The New York Academy of Sciences, New York, New York.
Elanco Animal Health, Basingstoke, UK.
Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota.


Four articles presented in this special issue of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences stem from a meeting of experts on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in food animal production hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences on May 8 and 9, 2018. The articles discuss (1) competing considerations of the criticality of different classes of antimicrobials used for human and animal health and how guidelines and regulations might result in more prudent patterns of use; (2) the increasingly recognized importance of the environment (i.e., soil, water, and air) as a reservoir of resistant bacteria and resistance genes as well as a pathway for the dissemination of AMR between human and animal host populations; (3) established and novel solutions for measuring and containing the AMR problem; and (4) effective strategies for communicating to consumers the risks of AMR spreading from food production and other nonhuman sources. The authors of this commentary served as the scientific advisory committee to the meeting.


One Health; antimicrobial resistance; antimicrobials; risk communication


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