House Mice found to carry drug-resistant pathogens


Scientists have warned that house mice are now carrying drug-resistant bacteria, which could lead to fatal diseases after a study conducted in New York. The study found E. coli, C. Difficile and Salmonella on rodents, some of which were found to be resistant to antibiotic drugs. Previous studies have also suggested that these bacteria can be transmitted to food sources via animal waste. Antibacterial resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, with experts estimating it could result in 10 million deaths per year by 2050.

Grahame White