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Zoonotic Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a growing global health concern wherein microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites develop the ability to withstand the effects of antimicrobial drugs. This renders previously effective treatments ineffective, leading to prolonged illnesses, increased healthcare costs, and higher mortality rates. AMR arises primarily due to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human medicine, as well as their widespread use in agriculture and livestock. Zoonotic diseases are infections that can be transmitted from animals to humans, often through direct contact or consumption of contaminated food. These diseases, such as Ebola, COVID- 19, and avian influenza, can have profound impacts on global health. Zoonotic outbreaks can spread rapidly across borders, causing widespread illness, death, and straining healthcare systems. Factors like deforestation, climate change, and increased human-animal interaction contribute to the emergence of zoonotic diseases. To effectively address zoonotic threats, a multidisciplinary One Health approach is essential, integrating human, animal, and environmental health considerations.

Committee B DIAS

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