Antibiotic resistance is a concern worldwide - scientists and public health officials are finally beginning to agree about the use of low dose antibiotics as growth promoters in livestock feed: It needs to stop immediately. 

No more evidence is needed than recent, troubling reports about the appearance of a new gene in both pigs and humans in China.

Writing in STAT, Dr. Josh Bloom and Dr. David Shlaes of the American Council on Science and Health detail new carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) “unkillable” strains, which has a mortality rate of about 50 percent in hospitalized patients who become infected.

The nightmare scenario has already begun. Although it is mostly confined to China, they are now being found in other areas.