posted on Mar, 22 2009 @ 08:18 AM
The following information was taken from:
The Worldview blog
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found evidence that houseflies collected near broiler poultry operations may
contribute to the dispersion of drug-resistant bacteria and thus increase the potential for human exposure to drug-resistant bacteria. The findings
demonstrate another potential link between industrial food animal production and exposures to antibiotic resistant pathogens. Previous studies have
linked antibiotic use in poultry production to antibiotic resistant bacteria in farm workers, consumer poultry products and the environment
surrounding confined poultry operations, as well as releases from poultry transport.
Reuters reported this:
Flies, already blamed for spreading disease, may help spread drug-resistant superbugs from chicken droppings, researchers reported on Monday.
They matched antibiotic-resistant enterococci and staphylococci bacteria from houseflies and the litter found in intensive poultry-farming barns in
the Delmarva Peninsula region of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
The findings, reported in the journal Science of the Total Environment, may help explain some of the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.
I have gathered all the reports and posted them on the Worldview blog
I will post more information here as I find it.
Last night I posted another story here at ATS about Chickens:
Here is the link to that story:
[edit on 22-3-2009 by tsrk30]