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One Health

Why we need a One Health approach for the surveillance of drug-resistant bacteria

The modern world of medicine has been built on the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics protect us from infection during childbirth, surgery, and when our immune systems aren’t working properly. But life as we know it is at risk: bacteria are fighting back and spreading resistance making today’s antibiotics ineffective and leaving us vulnerable. Only by tracking how antibiotic resistance cycles through humans, animals, and the environment can we help stop it. This One Health surveillance approach will help inform new processes and policies to preserve the medicines we have while buying time to develop new treatments to protect our communities.


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The environments, people and animals depicted in this video have been selected for illustrative purposes only and no inferences relating to antibiotic resistance status can be made. Any similarity to any existing or past events is merely coincidental.
This video is a UTS student production for One Health Day. It was supported by Ausgem, a research partnership between UTS and NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Written and co-directed by: Rose Farlow and Ethan Wrysch
Produced by: Thomas Evans
Animated by: Elton Su
Narration by: Jonica Newby

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