Agriculture and Livestock County Executive James Wachihi said the research will establish how farmers use high levels of antibiotics that lead to resistance in humans and animals against lifesaving drugs.
The department for livestock said confirmation of a drug resistant strain of mastitis — a bacterial infection that causes inflammation to the udder in dairy cattle — was a warning on the need to tackle the issue urgently.
Last year the county set up a team to tackle drug resistance following reports of a new strain of mastitis in some parts of Mathira constituency.
“It is true and it is still the case. Some mastitis-causing bacteria are resistant to many antibiotics. For instance, some have become resistant to ampicillin and tetracycline,” Wachihi explained.
The AMR committee which comprises professionals from the medical and agricultural sector is expected to create public awareness on drug-resistant bacteria.
It is also mandated to address the misuse of antibiotics in humans and livestock, which is linked to the development of drug resistance.