Friday, September 24, 2010

Chicken and resistent bacteria

The dangers of what we eat are sometimes worrying me.
Today the first person died after eating chicken contaminated with ESBL bacteria.

ESBL stands for Extended Spectrum Beta-lactamase. It's a name for a collection of enzymes which bacteria create to protect themselves against antibiotics of the third generation.

These antibiotics are used in hospitals against infections which can't be treated otherwise. They're the last resort and more often than ever they're failing.

Today, at a conference in Leiden, it was told that the amount of hospital patients with resistant bacteria has been grown with 50% over the last two years.
Outside the hospitals the amount has tripled!!!

That meams that eating chicken meat poses a real danger to the lives of people.


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