Evaluating the Impacts of Antibiotic Use in Chilean Salmon Aquaculture
In Chile, up to 50 percent of salmon concentrated in aquaculture facilities die from infections linked to poor water quality and sanitation. Consequently, the aquaculture industry proactively adds antibiotics to the salmon feed each year, which passes into the water column and surrounding sediment through uneaten fish food and feces. This project evaluates the impact that antibiotics used in salmon aquaculture farms in Chile have on the surrounding marine environment and the human health in neighboring coastal communities.
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Aquaculture As Yet another Environmental Gateway to the Development and Globalisation of Antimicrobial Resistance
Cabello, F. C., Godfrey, H. P., Buschmann, A. H., & Dölz, H. J. (2016). Aquaculture as yet another environmental gateway to the development and globalisation of antimicrobial resistance. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 16(7), e127–e133. DOI:10.1016/s1473-3099(16)00100-6 Read More
The use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial compounds in salmon aquaculture may have increased the prevalence of resistance genes in marine bacteria in one area in Chile, according to a new study by Felipe Cabello and colleagues. Read More
Millanao, A., Barrientos, M., Gomez, C., Tomova, A., Buschmann, A., Dolz, H., and Cabello, F.C. (2011) Injudicious and excessive use of antibiotics: Public health and salmon aquaculture in Chile. Rev Med Chile 139: 107-118. Read More