Meat-lovers in Hyderabad, need to watch out because according to a study done on meat samples here showed that salmonella, a food-borne bacterial disease, is found to be resisting common antimicrobial drugs available in the market.
This is worrisome because salmonella is a common bacterial disease affecting the intestinal tract, prevalent all over the world, this study deserves attention as salmonella is largely found in poultry, pigs and cattle and the state of Telangana is India’s largest meat-eating state in 2016.
The study called ‘Prevalence of blaSHV gene in cephalosporin-resistant salmonella isolates from meat samples in South India’ was published in the International Journal of Scientific Research in Biological Sciences. It has found that among the 75 salmonella infections isolated from the meat samples, 28 were found to be resistant towards cephalosporin and fluoroquinolones — a large group of antibiotics that treat the infection.
Salmonella is a looming threat as researchers say that by 2050, drug-resistant infections would become the biggest cause of human death. In fact, in the country, over 58,000 babies died in one year due to infections caused by resistant bacteria passed on from their mothers.