UK -Deadly bacteria on chickens now resistant to antibiotics in half of cases

The Telegraph campy2

Half the strains of a deadly food poisoning bug, which is common in supermarket chicken, are now resistant to the most effective antibiotics, a new report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned.

The campylobacter bacteria kills around 100 people in Britain each year and is responsible for around 280,000 cases of food poisoning annually.

Currently infections are treated with antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, of which ciprofloaxin and nalidixic are the most common. But half of all strains found in poultry by the FSA are now resistant to both of the drugs, which means it man no longer be possible to treat some patients.


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