By Author

Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2005 11:44 PM
Subject: Canada Geese carry superbugs from NC pig farm


Superbug Carriers Canada geese can carry antibiotic- resistant “superbugs” as well as bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella as they migrate, according to a new study. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tested goose feces from four waterfowl areas in North Carolina and Georgia to see if the birds could pick up and
deposit E. coli. Geese from a North Carolina flock were shown to have high levels of superbugs resistant to more than one antibiotic after they lingered near a pig farm. Many livestock operations use high levels of antibiotics to tamp down diseases. The study, posted on the CDC’s
Emerging Infectious Diseases Web site, concludes that the Canada geese, “could serve to disperse bacteria between widely separated locations.”

Recent news and research

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Stay Up-to-Date –
Sign up for our Newsletter

NewFarm.org changes daily! Don't miss out on the latest interactive features, columns and news. Sign up now for our monthly e-newsletter and stay connected.


•Free the meat markets! End packer ownership and stop closed-door deals

• Support Saskatchewan farmers in efforts to block GM wheat

• Stop budget cuts to conservation programs--the one's that help you pay for environmentally sound farming practices!

Share Your Stories

Are you a farmer? A consumer? Whatever story you have to tell, let it be an inspiration to others.
Share it with us now...

T H E    N E W    F A R M – R E G E N E R A T I V E    A G R I C U L T U R E    W O R L D W I D E