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Jakarta Post

To curb drug resistance in humans, Lampung farm produces eggs without antibiotics

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 23, 2019   /  07:59 pm
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Harvest time: A worker at Sekuntum Herbal layer farm in Purbolinggo, East Lampung, harvests eggs deemed to be free from chemicals. The farm owner Kusno Waluyo provides the chickens with herbal feed to produce good quality eggs.(JP/Ivany Atina Arbi)

Taking antibiotics at the right time and in the right dosage might cure illnesses, but overexposure could also be dangerous. Various studies have suggested that antibiotic overuse in humans leads to drug resistance, as viruses and bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designated to kill them. This is dangerous because it puts people at risk of diseases that could previously be cured. The World Health Organization has reported that infections such as pneumonia and salmonellosis are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics designated to treat them have become less effective. Its latest study even found 500,000 antibiotic resistance cases across 22 countries. And this is not because people routinely directly consume the antibiotics, but because they unwittingly consume them through food that contains antibiotics, including chickens and eggs.   “Th...