11 Jul '12, 10pm

Researchers find link between drug-resistant bladder infections and poultry antibiotics

Researchers find link between drug-resistant bladder infections and poultry antibiotics

[R]esearch in the United States, Canada, and Europe (published most recently this month, in June, and in March) has found close genetic matches between resistant E. coli collected from human patients and resistant strains found on chicken or turkey sold in supermarkets or collected from birds being slaughtered. The researchers contend that poultry — especially chicken, the low-cost, low-fat protein that Americans eat more than any other meat — is the bridge that allows resistant bacteria to move to humans, taking up residence in the body and sparking infections when conditions are right. Touching raw meat that contains the resistant bacteria, or coming into environmental contact with it — say, by eating lettuce that was cross-contaminated — are easy ways to become infected. “The E. coli that is circulating at the same time, and in the same area — from food animal sources, ...

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