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"Disturbing" Number of Pet Fish Carry Deadly Superbug That Can Infect Humans

Anonymous Coward writes | about 2 years ago

Medicine 2

An anonymous reader writes "People who keep tropical fish in tanks at home or at work may be at risk from bacterial infections and life-threatening disease, according to a new study.
Scientists from Oregon State University found that a "disturbing" number of ornamental tropical fish in the U.S. are already resistant to antibiotics.
In essence, researchers say that the latest findings mean that fish shipped from foreign countries are carrying bacterial infections that can easily spread to humans and cannot be treated with antibiotics."

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Meh (1)

sexconker (1179573) | about 2 years ago | (#42622203)

"Researchers found that there was resistance found to every one of the nine antibiotics tested"
"Scientists say that the transmission of diseases between fish and humans is rare."
"Researchers said that to avoid the risk, people should only buy healthy fish and should refrain from cleaning tanks with open cuts or sores on their skin."

They're doing it wrong (1)

EngnrFrmrlyKnownAsAC (2816391) | about 2 years ago | (#42623189)

Scientists from Oregon State University found that a "disturbing" number of ornamental tropical fish in the U.S. are already resistant to antibiotics.

Antibiotics are for killing bacteria, not fish.

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