I’m Shelby Cullinan with today’s health news.
You had an under-cooked burger, and now you’re paying the price. It’s food poisoning, and
new evidence suggests that treating it may not be so simple. A new study from the CDC
found that some strains of salmonella and campylobacter have become partially-resistant
to some antibiotics. According to the CDC, about 440,000 Americans will become ill because
of antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year. They found that one strain of salmonella has
become 46 percent resistant to antibiotics. According to the CDC, antibiotics given to
livestock to increase their size and growth might be a culprit. The overuse of antibiotics
to treat humans may also be to blame because it may lead to germs becoming stronger and
resistant. The FDA released new regulations on June 2 that will require farmers to get
an antibiotic prescription for their animals. This means animals can now only be prescribed
antibiotics for sickness, not for growth. The Wall Street Journal reports that these
rules will go into effect by December 2016.