Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Antimicrobial Resistance in Escherichia Coli Isolated in Wastewater and Sludge from Poultry Slaughterhouse Wastewater Plants

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Antimicrobial Resistance in Escherichia Coli Isolated in Wastewater and Sludge from Poultry Slaughterhouse Wastewater Plants

Article excerpt

* Escherichia coli is a major pathogen in commercially produced poultry.

* It contributes significantly to economic losses in both chickens and turkeys.

* It also inhabits the gastrointestinal tracts of humans and animals.

* Surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in avian E. coli has triple benefits:

1. it generates data that support treatment strategies for commercial poultry;

2. it offers an "early warning system" with respect to the drug resistance of zoonotic bacteria (e.g., Salmonella and Campylobacter); and

3. it helps assess possible human health consequences.

* Multiresistant nonpathogenic E. coli may transfer their resistance to intestinal bacteria in humans.

* Their presence in humans may increase the frequency and duration of infections and hospitalizations.

* Drug-resistant avian E. coli may be transferred to humans either through direct contact or, more frequently, through consumption of poultry meat.

* There has not been much documentation of the presence of such bacteria in wastewater and sludge from poultry slaughterhouses.

* Wastewater treatment plants are designed mainly to retain solids.

* The quantity and quality of microbiota released into waterways and soils are rarely monitored.

* From these poultry wastes, E. coli may find ways of spreading to humans.

* They could spread directly, through drinking water or recreational contact. …

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