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Antimicrobial Resistance Transmission Associated with Small-scale Food-Animal Production

Project Director(s)

Jay Graham

Community acquired antimicrobial resistance (AMR) constitutes an increasingly critical human health threat. We have identified small-scale food-animal production animals (i.e. livestock raised for meat and dairy products), where antimicrobials are regularly used for growth promotion, disease prevention and/or disease treatment, to be associated with community acquired AMR in humans. This study will measure the extent to which AMR spills over from food-animals to young children and elucidate the risk factors, that increase AMR transmission. The study will also quantify the biological mechanisms – clonal dissemination versus horizontal gene transfer – that affect the spread of AMR between food-animals and young children.