Drug-resistant bacteria discovered in pork

18-06-2008 | |

U.S. scientists say antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been found in pigs, pork products and even some veterinarians who work with swine.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Public-health doctors at the University of Iowa found drug-resistant bacteria in nearly half of pigs tested with nasal swabs. University of Minnesota researchers found the bacteria in 7 percent of swine veterinarians tested, while Ontario Veterinary College researcher Scott Weese found the bacteria in 10 percent of ground pork and pork chops tested in parts of Canada.

“It’s potentially relevant to the human population,” Weese told the newspaper. “The question is whether it can cause problems among humans.” Weese continued to explain that bacteria in pork and pigs “are not an important source of disease at this point.”

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