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Subject: Canada Geese carry superbugs from NC pig farm


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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.”


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