Bad Birds

As demand for animal meat grows in India, so, too, does the prevalence of antimicrobial resistant superbugs in the food chain, reports a new study. Recently, researchers tested 55 farm-raised and 45 free-range chickens at 7 markets in Southern India. 11% of both chicken types carried harmful multi-drug resistant bacteria.
 
That free-range poultry was affected surprised researchers. They suspect those chickens consumed antibiotic-laced feed or were exposed via contaminated food, water or feces.
 
Senior study author Niyaz Ahmed warns, “Unless the use of bacteria-fighting medicines [is] controlled on farms, it’s ‘only a matter of time’ before the germs won’t be stopped by any drug.”
Source: Bloomberg News

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