Store-bought chicken meat made from birds pumped up with antibiotics increase the risk of UTI, according to a new report. Worse, the UTI caused by tainted chicken meat seems to be resistant to conventional drugs, making the disease near impossible to treat!
Of the 8 million cases of UTIs in the US, about 10% or 800,000 are resistant to antibiotics. Unfortunately, there is also an increasing number of bacteria that are resistant to conventional treatments, which could make antibiotics obsolete.
A number of mcr-1-related infections in humans have been linked to consumption of contaminated meat. For example, the gene was detected in the blood of a Danish patient in late 2015, and mcr-1 was also found in five poultry samples purchased in Denmark that were imported from Germany between 2012 and 2014.17
Again, part of the problem goes back to the fact that antibiotics — including colistin, in the case of Chinese poultry production — have remained widely used in agriculture for growth promotion purposes, allowing resistance to develop. This despite the fact that agricultural use of antibiotics has been suspected of causing human infections since at least 2001.
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