Antibiotic resistance in environment has One-Health implications

A summary of The Human Health Implications of Antibiotic Resistance in Environmental Isolates from Two Nebraska Watersheds by Donner et al. 2022

Key points

  • The interconnected health of humans, animals, and the environment is well established and increasingly studied in concert within a “One-Health” framework.
  • Approximately 40% of the bacteria isolated from watersheds in this study had acquired new antibiotic resistance genes which they had picked up in the environment.
  • Both urban and agricultural watersheds contained antibiotic-resistant bacteria, demonstrating the importance of one-health-based decision-making across industries and institutions.

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Episode 13: Germs, germs everywhere

Continuing our deep dive on “Quarantine Life from Cholera to Covid-19” with chapter 5: Germs, germs everywhere. In this episode, Mara, Amber, and Noelle talk about germ theory: the good, the bad, the apocalyptic! Plus what does this historical perspective on how humans first understood bacteria tell us about how we can better address the AMR challenge, and improve our science communication strategies?

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Episode 12: Wash your hands

Continuing our deep dive on “Quarantine Life from Cholera to Covid-19” with chapter 4: Wash your hands. In this discussion, Mara, Amber, and Noelle get to talking about the “discovery” of handwashing and what the methods used to communicate that new knowledge can teach us about effective science communication.

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Swimmers beware, land application of manure can increase antibiotic resistance downstream

A summary of Catchment-scale export of antibiotic resistance genes and bacteria from an agricultural watershed in central Iowa by Neher et al. 2020

Key points

  • With some year-to-year variation, manure application increased antibiotic resistance surface water downstream of application site.
  • The CAMRADES team, led out of Iowa State University, will be expanding efforts to monitor and model AMR in agricultural watersheds in the region.

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Episode 11: Let’s stick together

Continuing our deep dive on “Quarantine Life from Cholera to Covid-19” with chapter 3: Let’s stick together. In this discussion, Mara and Amber are joined by recent guest Noelle Atieno Mware to explore what the cholera epidemics in London in the mid-1800s tell us about how important community is for addressing contagious disease, and how community relationships can in turn drive contagion. Plus, how do we use these lessons to meet the AMR challenge?

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Episode 9: Listen to Women

This week on Tales of the Resistance we begin a multi-week deep dive on the book “Quarantine Life from Cholera to Covid-19” written by iAMResponsible member Kari Nixon.  During this series, our hosts will discuss the lessons of the book, about how people react and act in a world of infectious disease, and try to apply those lessons to AMR, and how we can improve our communication and educational efforts around AMR and infectious diseases in the future.
In this week’s episode, Amber and Mara are discussing chapter 1: #ListenToWomen. This chapter begins with a discussion of early vaccination efforts in 18th century England and what that means for who we look to for medical and scientific advice and attitudes toward public health.

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Episode 8: Carlton Poindexter

This week on Tales of the Resistance Amber and Mara are chatting with fellow AMR explorer Carlton Poindexter, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland. It is an opportunity to nerd out about microbes and that’s never taken lightly, gird your loins because this episode is diving deeeeeep into complex microbiological ecologies, and wastewater treatment – thrilling stuff.

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Episode 7: Meet the iAMResponsible Team – Divya Jaroni

Since antimicrobial resistance is about microbes, it is probably a good idea to sit down with a microbiologist! Divya Jaroni is a food microbiologist and professor at Oklahoma State University and in this episode, she shares with Mara and Amber her tale of resistance, how she first learned about AMR, why she’s so passionate about working to address the problem, and what she thinks are the most pressing needs to address it. All that and more on this episode of Tale of the Resistance.

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