Experts: Possible Farm-to-Locker-Room Link for Staph Infection

Publication: Public News Service

Author: Mary Kuhlman, Don Mathisen

10/31/2008 - From farms to locker rooms, antibiotic-resistant staph infections are plaguing more athletes in Ohio, including the Cleveland Browns' Kellen Winslow.  

Some studies have shown the increase of infections could be due to the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals that end up as regular parts of people's diets. Ellen Mee, director of environmental health programs for the Ohio Environmental Council, says the result is making some medicines less effective.


Researchers say the overuse of antibiotics in food animals has a domino effect - it contributes to increased risk of human illness, and increased healthcare costs. Director of the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, Karen Steuer adds that, over time, bacteria develop a resistance to the antibiotics given to animals.

"Those bacteria are flushed out, through the waste of a farm, into the water supply; they are picked up, and those bacteria are causing antibiotic-resistant infections."

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