Poultry workers carry antibiotic-resistant germs
It has been revealed in a US study that poultry
workers are 32 times more likely to carry antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria
than non-poultry workers.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health
reported they found that E. coli bacteria in the US
poultry industry are resistant to the commonly used antibiotic gentamicin.
High level exposure
While drug resistant bacteria
such as E. coli are common in the industrial broiler chicken environment, the
researchers said their study is the first US research to show exposure occurring
at a high level among industrial poultry workers.
According to Lance
Price, the study's lead author, for over 50 years the use of antimicrobials has
been present in the United States. There are estimates indicating well over half
of the antimicrobial drugs produced in the US are used in food animal
The research appears in the Environmental Health
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