Study says petting zoos are breeding grounds for drug-resistant superbugs

April 23, 2019

Petting zoos could be a breeding ground for drug-resistant superbugs, according to an article on the Independent website.

A study that that found more than one in 10 animals carrying at least one strain of bacteria capable of withstanding multiple antibiotics.

Israeli researchers collected samples from 228 animals across eight randomly chosen petting zoos.

They found 35 drug-resistant species in all, while 12 percent of the animals had at least one species of drug-resistant bacteria, and a quarter had two or more.

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