A chicken superbug is posing a serious health scare across the U.S. this week, as a new report has revealed that a dangerous bacteria — one that might possibly cause moderate to severe sickness in humans, though this has not yet been substantiated — has become a widespread threat found within our poultry here in the nation. Few details are known on this bacteria so far, but Fox News confirms this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 that following six types of bacteria being tested in a recent study, over half of the raw chicken breasts carried the antibiotic-resistant bug.
The chicken superbug’s greatest danger right now seems to be its extremely prevalent numbers. According to health experts, roughly half of raw chicken breasts here in the U.S. — based on a nationwide sample — are now carrying a superbug that is naturally resistant to most man-made antibiotics. Consumer Reports adds that this particular drug-defiant bacteria could make it that much harder for modern medicine to help treat those who have become seriously ill from consuming bug-ridden chicken.
As stated in the research group’s findings revealed this week, the group has since tested for six different types of bacteria in a collective study of over 300 chicken breasts collected from nationwide retailers. Of these samples, a majority of these raw chickens contained the potentially harmful bacteria. From most of these cases, roughly half of the bacteria were resistant to at least three of the antibiotics, while just over 10% had two types of bacteria that resisted more than one administered drug.
Word of this possibly dangerous chicken superbug has come on the heels of a confirmed new strain of the bird flu virus that claimed the life of a woman in China, posing a serious health threat the global experts are keeping a sharp eye on.
An investigation into this breaking story is still going on, and updates are expected before the end of the work week.