Mon, 04 Jul 2005

Agricultural antibiotic use contributes to 'super-bugs' in humans

Well, doh! Bacteria neither know or care where they're at or what they're infecting - their job is to survive, and they'll do whatever it takes to overcome obstacles to their goal. Breeding resistance to them is a bad idea from a human perspective, no matter if it's in cattle, pigs or people.

A paper published in the open access journal PLoS Medicine discusses evidence suggesting that antibiotic use in agriculture has contributed to antibiotic resistance in the pathogenic bacteria in humans.

(link) [EurekAlert!]

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