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The overuse of antibiotics is very common in China, often because it is a way for hospitals to boost revenue.
Antibiotics are also misused in the food industry, showing up in diverse parts of the food chain from farmed fish to honey.
Dr. Fabio Scano, a WHO medical officer with the TB program in China, said 50 percent of antibiotics used globally are misused on animals in food production. Scano said there's evidence that "the more antibiotics are used, the higher is the antibiotic resistance in humans."
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