April 29, 2014

Insects Represent a Link for Antibiotic Resistance Traits

A recent Kansas State University study shows that insects link places such as food animal farms and wastewater facilities to the urban environment for antibiotic resistance.

Those pesky house flies buzzing around your home or invading your springtime picnic could be doing more harm to human health than you realize. According to a recent study by Kansas State University, published in the Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal, insects carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria from one point to another, including from food animal farms and wastewater treatment facilities, for example, to urban areas.