Antibiotic Resistance In Wildlife

A Changing Wild World

Antibiotic resistance is going to be one of the most pressing threats in the world. Antibiotic resistance has been linked with overuse of antibiotics in human medicine and in the production of livestock.

Chobe National Park. The water may be a source of antibiotic resistance bacteria. Chobe National Park. The water may be a source of antibiotic resistance bacteria.

There have been several reports over the past few years of researchers finding that wild animals are harbouring bacteria that are antibiotic resistant. Resistance is not only occurring in the man made world, but far away from any civilisation.

Dr Michelle Power, from Macquarie University, said “It is worrying that we are seeing antibiotic resistance in bacteria of wild animals that have never been treated with antibiotics. Resistance genes from bacteria in humans and domestic animals are being spread through the environment to the naturally occurring bacteria of those wild animals.”

Dr Power found antibiotic resistance genes in Australian wildlife, including captive sea lions…

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