Plants are infecting humans with super bugs !!
Plant-based foods can transmit antibiotic resistance (super bugs) to the microbes living in our gut, a study has found.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria (super bugs) could be transmitted to humans through consumption of plant foods, which may pose health risks for the general public, according to a study unveiled on June 22, 2019
Unlike the outbreaks of diarrhea illnesses and other serious health issues caused immediately after humans eat contaminated vegetables, the antibiotic-resistant bacteria can hide in the human intestines for months or even years before they cause an illness such as a urinary infection, said the study.
About two million cases of antibiotic-resistant infections occur every year in the United States and 20 per cent of them are linked to agriculture, according to the estimates of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What is antibiotic resistance?
Antibiotic resistance is one of the major and biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today
Antibiotics are the medicines which are used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines, in order to escape itself from getting killed.
These bacteria( super bugs) may infect humans and animals, and the infections they cause are harder to treat than those caused by non-resistant bacteria.
This Antibiotic resistance can lead to higher medical costs, and prolonged hospital stays, and increased mortality.
Researchers have now shown how plant-foods serve as vehicles for transmitting antibiotic resistance to the gut microbiome.
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