Animal husbandry practices in rural Bangladesh: Potential risk factors for antimicrobial drug resistance and emerging diseases

Amira A. Roess, Peter J. Winch, Nabeel A. Ali, Afsana Akhter, Dilara Afroz, Shams El Arifeen, Gary L. Darmstadt, Abdullah H. Baqui

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Abstract

Antimicrobial drug administration to household livestock may put humans and animals at risk for acquisition of antimicrobial drug-resistant pathogens. To describe animal husbandry practices, including animal healthcareseeking and antimicrobial drug use in rural Bangladesh, we conducted semi-structured in-depth interviews with key informants, including female household members (n = 79), village doctors (n = 10), and pharmaceutical representatives, veterinarians, and government officials (n = 27), and performed observations at animal health clinics (n = 3). Prevalent animal husbandry practices that may put persons at risk for acquisition of pathogens included shared housing and water for animals and humans, antimicrobial drug use for humans and animals, and crowding. Household members reported seeking human and animal healthcare from unlicensed village doctors rather than formal-sector healthcare providers and cited cost and convenience as reasons. Five times more per household was spent on animal than on human healthcare. Strengthening animal and human disease surveillance systems should be continued. Interventions are recommended to provide vulnerable populations with a means of protecting their livelihood and health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)965-970
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume89
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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