NZ pupil finds antibiotic-resistant bugs in poultry
A Christchurch (New Zealand) teenager's school science
project, which apparently backs up international studies, has gathered a fair
amount of attention.
Jane Millar found multiple antibiotic-resistant bugs in fresh store-bought
chicken while conducting research for an International Baccalaureate
She found that the chicken contained bacteria that had developed resistance
to gentamicin and tonramycin, which are antibiotics not used in the poultry
industry in the region, but important for treating infections in humans.
A similar study was undertaken in the US where gentamicin is used. A total
of 44% of retail chicken products contained a high-level of gentamicin-resistant
bugs. Furthermore, high levels were also found in human stool samples.
Worldwide studies have found that 90% of poultry offered on supermarket
shelves carries other antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as campylobacter and
salmonella. According to the student, resistant bacteria could live in the human
intestinal tract and easily transfer their resistances to other bugs, resulting
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