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Even Wild Animals Have Drug Resistant Bacteria

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Studies have shown that not just humans, but also insects and wild animals like houseflies and whales can carry the drug resistant germs.

Due to the overuse of antibiotics, some germs and bacteria are growing resistance against antibiotic drug treatment, and have become what are known as super bugs.

Studies have shown that not just humans, but also insects and wild animals like houseflies and whales can carry the drug resistant germs.

According to a study by researchers from the Czech Republic, there is evidence showing even some wild crows in the United States are carrying bacteria that are resistant to drugs used by hospitals as a last resort for treating infection.

Around 2 point 5 percent of the crows that were part of the study had microbes in their feces that point to the existence of super bugs in their system.

Researchers aren’t sure how the bacteria that is usually found in hospitals ends up in the population of wild animals, or how the presence of these germs will affect the human population.

But the study, published by Environmental Health News, features a picture that shows how crows could contract and spread the germs by flying from place to place.

Drug resistant germs are a big problem, causing an estimated 23 thousand deaths annually in the US according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.