Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria From Cattle Yards Are Now Airborne

March 30, 2015 9:36 AM

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria From Cattle Yards Are Now Airborne

A new study says the DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in American cattle yards has become airborne, creating a new pathway by which such bacteria can potentially spread to humans and hinder treatment of life-threatening infections.

Researchers gathered airborne particulate matter (PM) from around 10 commercial cattle yards within a 200 mile radius of Lubbock, Texas over a period of six-months. They found the air downwind of the yards contained antibiotics, bacteria and a “significantly greater” number of microbial communities ...

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