19 Aug 2015

Airline poo studied to track global spread of AMR in bacterial pathogens

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Global spread of antimicrobial resistance in bacterial pathogens is a major threat against human health, yet we don’t know much about how these genes travel and spread worldwide. In an effort to learn more about this, researchers at the Technical University of Denmark studied the poo siphoned from airplane toilets from flights arriving from around the world.

From the study’s abstract: Human populations worldwide are increasingly confronted with infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance spreading faster and appearing more frequently. Knowledge regarding their occurrence and worldwide transmission is important to control outbreaks and prevent epidemics.

Read the article here (doi: 10.1038/srep11444).