Antibiotic resistant bacteria everywhere

The evidence is mounting daily that as a species, much of the time we don’t know what we are doing. We are just willy nilly introducing powerful chemicals and pharmaceuticals into our world without even considering beforehand what kinds of unintended consequences might occur. We are clever but not very smart.

ScienceDaily (June 16, 2010) — Researchers have found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in seven species of sharks and redfish captured in waters off Belize, Florida, Louisiana and Massachusetts. Most of these wild, free-swimming fish harbored several drug-resistant bacterial strains.

The study, published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in every fish species sampled.

The researchers also found multidrug-resistant bacteria in fish at nearly all of the study sites, said Mark Mitchell, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Illinois and a senior author of the paper.

“Ultimately the idea of this study was to see if there were organisms out there that had exposures or resistance patterns to antibiotics that we might not expect,” Mitchell said. “We found that there was resistance to antibiotics that these fish shouldn’t be exposed to.”

much more via Wild Sharks, Redfish Harbor Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

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