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Ways to Prevent Cross Contamination of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

27/05/2014

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The recent report on antimicrobial resistance by World Health Organisation (WHO) has shown a growth in antibiotic resistant bacteria. Malaysia’s National Surveillance on Antibiotic Resistance report showed an increasing resistance by Acinetobacter Baumanii to the Antibiotic Meropenem, from 47.7% in 2007 to 58.3% last year. 

According to The Star, scientists have been facing this difficult challenge as early as the 1940s when the first antibiotic was invented to wipe out harmful bacteria. But due to the continuous abuse of Penicillin throughout the years, it has sped up the natural evolution process of the bacteria, resulting in the microbes becoming resistant. 

How do humans get infected by these bacteria?

Antibiotics are used in poultry such as chickens to prevent diseases and accelerate growth. However, poultry that are not cooked properly might contain traces of the bacteria which is resilient to the antibiotics thus, can be harmful to humans when consumed. 

Foodborne diseases caused by resistant bacteria, such as Salmonella, pose a serious threat to human beings because of possible treatment failure. The range of health consequences from antimicrobial resistance includes chronic illnesses and even death, especially to patients with weak immune system. 

Employees working in the food related industries can also be exposed to the infectious diseases when they handle meats that are contaminated with antimicrobial resistance bacteria. 

What can you do to prevent the transmission of these bacteria? 

The risk of potential bacterial infection and foodborne diseases can be prevented by practising good personal hygiene. Simple steps such as thorough hand washing with soap and hand sanitising can help to prohibit the growth of harmful bacteria. 

By educating your employees in the food related industries on safe food handling and good personal hygiene can also help to prevent cross contamination that might result in food poisoning.

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News Source: The Star, World Health Organisation

Image Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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