Plants may be transmitting superbugs to humans

Plants may be transmitting superbugs to humans

A local study has recently revealed that Plant-based food items might be transmitting the antibiotic resistance factor to microbes that live in the human gut. Antibiotic resistant based infections can be a threat to food safety, world-wide public health, as well as serve as an economic issue.

In order to prevent such infections, one needs to understand the way antibiotic-resistant bacteria functions. This also includes understanding the way the genes get transmitted from plant and meat foods. Marlene Maeusli, University of Southern California’s PhD candidate in the United States stated that these latest findings highlight in-depth the benefit of dealing with foodborne antibiotic-resistance. This includes an insight from the food-chain perspective which includes the plant-based food items along with the meat-based items.

The spread of the antibiotic-resistant superbugs going from plants to the humans is varied from the outbreaks of the diarrheal illnesses that come immediately pots consumption of contaminated veggies. Superbugs can hide or colonise in your intestines for several months or maybe even years. When they finally escape your intestine, it causes infection like the urinary infection.

In order to study the effect of plants, the researchers created a lettuce-mouse model which doesn’t induce immediate illness, rather mimics consumption of the superbugs with the plant-foods.


After being a professional journalist for 5 years and understanding the ups and downs of health care sector all over the world, Rahul shifted his focus to the digital world. Today, he works as a contributor for Your Health Support with a knack for covering general health news in the best possible format.

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