E. coli is resistant to several classes of important antibiotics. And the consensus is that one of the most likely reasons for the development of this multiple-resistant strain is the misuse of antibiotics in intensive livestock farming systems.
While the primary focus remains identifying the source of the outbreak and treating those affected, scientists have already expressed alarm at the fact that this particular strain of E. coli – E. coli O104:H4 – is resistant to sever... Read Post
E. coli bacteria exposed to three common antibiotics were more likely to develop antibiotic resistance following low-level antibiotic exposure than after exposure to high concentrations that would kill the bacteria or inhibit their ... Read Post
Yet another reason why antibiotics and livestock shouldn’t mix: It may be responsible for creating “super-toxic” bacteria like the strain of E.coli — resistant to 14 different antibiotic drugs — now terrorizing Europe. Peter Smith a... Read Post