Drug-Resistant Salmonella? Maybe Next Time

Publication: MSNBC

Author: JoNel Aleccia


01/28/2009 - Even as the list of peanut products linked to a national salmonella scare continued to expand, and the number of strains of bacteria associated with the outbreak climbed to four, federal health officials winding up an investigation said they may well have dodged a bullet.

“You could say that,” said Dr. Peter Gerner-Smidt, chief of the Enteric Diseases Laboratory Response Branch for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Animals are frequently given drugs not to treat disease, but to prevent disease and, often, to promote growth, he said. The APUA and others, including the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, have lobbied Congress to limit or eliminate the practice.

Read the complete article Drug-Resistant Salmonella? Maybe Next Time on MSNBC's Web site.

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