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USA - MEAT AND POULTRY WIDELY CONTAMINATED BY RESISTANT BACTERIA

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Source: TGen, the translational Genomenic Research Intitute, April,15 2011

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — April 15, 2011 — Drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria linked to a wide range of human diseases, are present in meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores at unexpectedly high rates, according to a nationwide study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Nearly half of the meat and poultry samples — 47 percent — were contaminated with S. aureus, and more than half of those bacteria — 52 percent — were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics, according to the study published today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

The study was published in the « Clinical Infectious Diseases» magazine.

 

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