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Danes keeping drugs out of livestock

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5:17pm, April 8, 2003

From Atlanta, at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases

Between 1994 and 2000, Danish livestock farmers reduced their annual, nationwide use of antibiotics in livestock feed from 200 to 50 tons. Prevalence of the bacterium Enterococcus faecium in a form resistant to front-line antibiotics has declined sharply in chicken and somewhat in pork over that period, says Henrik C. Wegener, a microbiologist at the Danish Veterinary Laboratory in Copenhagen.

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