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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Factory Farms Linked to Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases in Humans

There’s been speculation about this for years — a link between factory farms and the spread of infectious diseases that no antibiotic will touch.  Sounds like a no-brainer to me.  Hundreds of millions of livestock animals being routinely injected with antibiotics…more and more people being infected with antibiotic-resistant MRSA and Staphylococcus aureus — Connect the God Damn Dots!!!

In any case, the results are conclusive now.  No more guessing.  The American Society of Microbiology’s newsletter mBio has an article confirming your worst fears.  A particularly deadly strain of Staphylococcus aureus — CC398 — started out as a relatively harmless human bacteria.  It evolved into its present deadly mutation after colonizing the systems of pigs and chickens.

When this bacteria — inside the animals’ systems — was being bombarded with antibiotics, it not only became resistant to all antibiotics.  It also became bi-directional — able to be transmitted between humans and livestock.

The fun is just beginning.

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Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

How could this NOT happen? I'll never understand how people could have even tried to argue that this wouldn't happen. Hell, the Israelis figured out how to grow cabbage plants with salt water by gradually introducing more and more salinity to the water. This is nature doing what nature does, for Dog's sake.

February 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

This is terrifying and another in a long line of examples on how corporate greed is killing the human species.

February 23, 2012 at 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Here I go again with my fallback comment. I'll stick to being vegan thank you very much. Not only because I don't like how the animals are treated but shit like this scares me to death, with my compromised immune system, having had cancer before.

February 24, 2012 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Oh, settle down. Just think of all the cool superpowers we'll have once we start mutating, too.

February 24, 2012 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: That's my sentiment too, "how could this NOT happen."

Jack: Corporate greed will kill the entire planet if we don't get it together soon.

Jess: Vegan is definitely the way to go. I'm not there myself, but if everybody went vegan or vegetarian, the factory farm cocksuckers would be out of business.

Randal: I'm looking forward to those superpowers.

February 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM  

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