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Poultry: A Food Animal Model for Following Antimicrobial Resistant Enterococci

Investigators
Maurer, John
Institutions
University of Georgia
Start date
2001
End date
2005
Objective
There is continued concern about the use of antibiotics as growth promoting agents in food animals and the potential for development of antibiotic resistance in human pathogens. The long term goal of this study is to understand the processes involved in the development and spread of resistance in gram positive bacterial flora of poultry.
More information
This study will collect microflora samples from commercial poultry farms and processing/slaughter plants for one year. The farms will have one house using growth promoting antibiotics throughout the flocks' life and one house with no antibiotics used. Comparisons of drug resistance genes and plasmids will be made between poultry gram-positive commensals and human enterococci. The human samples will be obtained from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System.
Project number
GEOV-X148
Accession number
189197
Categories
Sanitation and Quality Standards
Antimicrobial Resistance