MRSA strains in livestock could spread to people, research shows

02/23/2012 | ABC News

An antibiotic-resistant strain of staph bacteria identified in cattle in 2003 likely stemmed from an antibiotic-sensitive version of the same germ that grew resistant in livestock that were overexposed to antibiotics. Now, new research shows the resistant strains of MRSA may be easily spread from livestock to humans. About 20,000 Americans die from MRSA complications each year, more than the number who die from AIDS.

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