In England and Wales, around 30,000 people a year are infected
with a new strain of E. coli bacteria that is resistant to
many antibiotics. The new strain, an extended-spectrum B-lactamase
(ESBL)-producing strain that causes urinary tract infections
and can also lead to blood poisoning, is also starting to
show up in U.S. hospitals. According to one expert, it is
more dangerous than methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
(MRSA). Doctors have few drugs available to treat such infections.
The problem of antibiotic resistance is growing worldwide,
in part due to agricultural practices that feed antibiotics
to animals that are not sick.
For more information visit the Union of Concerned Scientists
Read a full article in the Telegraph: Resistant E.coli ‘linked
to imported meat’