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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Africa and EU: Rising Level of Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella

Strains of one increasingly antibiotic-resistant Salmonella serotype have seen a “rapid worldwide spread,” according to a study published by researchers at the Institut Pasteur in Paris and Morocco. The resistance is believed to be caused by “the massive overuse” of antibiotics in African poultry farming.
Antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Kentucky, first isolated in 2002, has now “spread at an astonishing rate throughout Africa and the Middle East in the space of only a few years,” the study’s authors claim. Moreover, “a number of strains recently acquired in the Mediterranean Basin are showing a range of resistance towards all antibiotic classes used to treat severe cases of salmonellosis,” the study’s summary read.
The main vehicle of transmission for antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Kentucky from African and Middle Eastern countries appears to be chickens and turkeys. The bacterium has already been found in farmed-raised turkeys in Europe.

Source: foodsafetynews.com

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