Friday, March 28, 2014

European study finds antibiotic resistance

A study in Europe has found that half of meat and poultry contains Salmonella bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and 47 per cent have Campylobacter bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
However, the researchers also found that these bacteria could still be controlled with antimicrobials available to treat humans.

The study results were released this week by the European Food Safety Authority.

It also reported that resistance to a combined group of antimicrobials remains low.

While this means that treatment options for serious infections with these zoonotic bacteria are available in most cases, the fact that antimicrobial resistance was commonly detected is cause for concern, the authors say.