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Antibiotic resistance isn’t just a “human” problem: Study shows it can be passed along to pets

The genetic evolution of bacteria is occurring at a rapid pace, and aberrations of bacterial DNA are transferring from one species to the next. These genetic deviations, spurred by antibiotics, are now transferring from humans to animals. For the first time ever, researchers have isolated antibiotic-resistant bacteria samples from household pets. Recently, a U.K. animal hospital obtained highly evolved bacteria samples from cats and a dog. The bacterium has a new gene that allows it to resist linezolid, an antibiotic that is used to treat streptococci and methicillin-resistant staphylococci (MRSA) in humans. This antibiotic is not even used on animals in the U.K., but the resistant gene is showing up now in U.K. pets. This is the first sign that the gene (optrA) can spread between the microbiome of humans and animals and vice versa.  Read more.....

 

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