More than HALF of pet dogs are carrying antibiotic-resistant superbugs in their ... trends now

More than HALF of pet dogs are carrying antibiotic-resistant superbugs in their ... trends now
More than HALF of pet dogs are carrying antibiotic-resistant superbugs in their ... trends now

More than HALF of pet dogs are carrying antibiotic-resistant superbugs in their ... trends now

More than half of pet dogs are harboring an antibiotic-resistant superbug that is easily transmitted to humans, a new study has revealed.

A team of Chinese scientists found most dogs suffering from diarrhea are carrying multi-drug resistant strains of Escherichia coli (E. coli), an intestinal bug that does not respond to some or all antibiotics.

Humans infected with E.coli can experience diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever and, in rare cases, kidney failure and death.

The team tested feces samples from 135 pet dogs who were having diarrhea, finding that more than 50 percent of the canines were carrying the bacteria.

Drug-resistant superbugs are likely becoming more common because of the widespread use of antibiotic drugs in agriculture and medicine, the scientists behind the new work concluded.

Pet dogs with diarrhea may be shedding multi-drug resistant E.coli in 5 in 10 cases, with potential risks to their human owners.

Pet dogs with diarrhea may be shedding multi-drug resistant E.coli in 5 in 10 cases, with potential risks to their human owners.

Your companion animal could be carrying antibiotic-resistant superbugs - bacteria that can't be treated by conventional antibiotics.

Your companion animal could be carrying antibiotic-resistant superbugs - bacteria that can't be treated by conventional antibiotics.

This overwhelming presence of superbugs among companion animals could accelerate the emergence of new drug-resistant diseases in people, the scientists wrote. 

Superbugs kill over one million people each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The organization has warned that the planet is heading for a 'post-antibiotic' era. 

As many as half of multidrug-resistant infections are actually acquired in the hospital, one large-scale study found.

A post-antibiotic era would effectively turn back time, putting us in an era when a simple surgery or a scrape could become a life-threatening medical emergency.

And according to the new study, dogs may play a role in spreading these dangerous bacteria.

Scientists took 185 feces samples from dogs who had confirmed cases of diarrhea over a one-year period.

Dogs that had taken antimicrobial drugs of any kind in the past three months were

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