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The persistence of fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter in poultry production.
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PMID:  17637919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The use of antibiotics in food animal production has been associated with antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. In 2005, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned fluoroquinolone use in U.S. poultry production in order to reduce the prevalence of fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter. Little is known about the potential efficacy of this policy. OBJECTIVES: Our primary objective was to follow temporal changes in the prevalence of fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter among poultry products from two conventional producers who announced their cessation of fluoroquinolone use in 2002 (3 years before the FDA's ban). Our secondary objective was to compare, over time, the prevalence of fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter in conventional poultry products to those from producers who claim to use no antibiotics. METHODS: We collected poultry samples from two conventional producers and three antibiotic-free producers over the course of 20 weeks in 2004 (n = 198) and 15 weeks in 2006 (n = 210). We compared the rates of fluoroquinolone resistance among Campylobacter isolates from the different producers. RESULTS: We found no significant change in the proportion of fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter isolates from the two conventional producers over the study period. In addition, Campylobacter strains from the two conventional producers were significantly more likely to be fluoroquinolone resistant than those from the antibiotic-free producers. CONCLUSIONS: The results from this study indicate that fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter may be persistent contaminants of poultry products even after on-farm fluoroquinolone use has ceased. The FDA's ban on fluoroquinolones in poultry production may be insufficient to reduce resistant Campylobacter in poultry products.
Lance B Price; Leila G Lackey; Rocio Vailes; Ellen Silbergeld
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental health perspectives     Volume:  115     ISSN:  0091-6765     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Health Perspect.     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-19     Completed Date:  2007-09-14     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330411     Medline TA:  Environ Health Perspect     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1035-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21224-2780, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Campylobacter / drug effects*
Drug Resistance, Microbial
Fluoroquinolones / pharmacology*
Poultry / microbiology*
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