Monday, February 10, 2014

Australia still safe from superbugs in animals

According to a survey conducted by the University of Adelaide the bacterial samples from the Australian veterinary diagnostic still haven’t noticed any resistance to the carbapenem class of antibiotics. The report was recently published in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. The researchers are focusing on the need for global concern that is likely transmitting between humans and the animals of carbapenem-resistant superbugs. Dr Sam Abraham, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Roseworthy Campus explains, “So far in our extensive search we've not found any carbapenem resistance in companion or production animals in Australia. This is good news but with recent emergence of carbapenem-resistant bacteria in dogs overseas, Australia now has a limited window of opportunity to implement tight controls to prevent the development of multi-drug resistance in pets.”

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