Pets have been found to be carrying bugs resistant to a "last resort" antibiotic in the UK (Image: GETTY)
The strong antibiotic, Linezolid, is used to treat challenging human infections including those caused by the superbug MRSA. But it can’t be given to animals. Three cats and a dog have been found to be carrying bacteria that is resistant to Linezolid.
The animals had all been taken to the same small animal hospital from different households.
The discovery implies that resistance to one of a vanishingly small number of last resort antibiotics can spread between different bacterial populations in animals and humans.
Linezolid-resistant Enterococcus faecalis bugs were isolated from three wound swabs from two cats and the dog
Dr Katie Hopkins from Public Health England said: "This is concerning as transmission of this organism to owners carries the potential for spread to other bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus.
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