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Chicken Could Give Drug Resistance

JULY 30, 2014

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Chicken Could Give Drug Resistance


Eating chicken could also send a cocktail of antibiotics into your body, say a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which has found antibiotic residues in 40% of chicken samples in Delhi and NCR. Regular consumers are at danger of developing antibiotic resistance. In other words, eating chicken could make you immune to antibiotics for common illnesses.

The CSE study was conducted to study the reasons behind rising antibiotic resistance among patients. In the study, 22.9% of the 70 samples contained one antibiotic while 17.1% had more than one. The CSE report says that poultry owners routinely pumped antibiotics into chicken to promote growth so that they look bigger. Sadly, India has no law to regulate antibiotic use among poultry birds.

In India, the resistance to fluoroquinolones such as ciprofloxacin is rapidly increasing. Treating sepsis, pneumonia and tuberculosis (TB) with fluoroquinolones is getting tough because the microbes that cause them are becoming resistant to fluoroquinolones.


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