Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Originating from Texas Cattle Ranches

April 3, 2015 6:53 AM

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Latest research suggests that Texas cattle ranches could be the source of antibiotic resistant bacteria, which are becoming airborne. Particulate matter samples collected downwind from cattle ranches were examined by the researchers from Texas Tech University. Antibiotic resistant bacteria have been found in the samples and the investigators are worried that wind could carry these to populated areas. This could hinder the treatment of potentially dangerous diseases. The study has been detailed in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. In the United States, more than 80 percent of all antibiotics are used in cattle to improve yields and lengthen lives.

The researchers have examined 10 ranches, located within 200 miles of the city of Lubbock, and the samples were collected over a period of six months. The feedlots in the South Plains and Panhandle of Texas were the main focus of the study. At these facilities, cattle are exposed to huge quantities...

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