Tag: poultry

Antibiotic Resistance—Down to the Last Straw

Antibiotic resistance, which I blog about often, is one of the major problems facing the medical world today. Earlier this year, you may have heard about a pathogenic bacteria that struck at University of Virginia Medical Center, a National Institutes of Health hospital, killing seven people. This bacteria was found to be resistant to carbapenem antibiotics—the last antibiotic left to…

Banned Antibiotics Found In Chicken

In 2005 the FDA banned the use of a particular broad-spectrum (meaning effective against a broad range of microbes) antibiotic class—the fluoroquinolones—due to an alarming increase in the rate of resistance to Campylobacter bacteria. Yet, “In recent years, we’ve seen the rate of fluoroquinolone resistance slow, but not drop. With such a ban you would expect a decline in resistance…

A Little Staph Infection With Your Steak?

  In a recent study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, meat and poultry samples were tested for the presence of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria associated with a wide range of human diseases, including MRSA infection, the most dangerous drug-resistant Staph infection. In the study, almost half the meat and poultry samples were found to be contaminated with S.…