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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Are Turning Up in Puget Sound Marine Life

By Hannah Thomasy – Hakai Magazine – March 4, 2019
In Washington State’s Puget Sound, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are infecting the area’s harbor seals and harbor porpoises. A recent preliminary survey of 11 animals has produced worrying results: 80 percent of animals sampled carried bacteria that were resistant to an antibiotic, and more than 50 percent carried bacteria that were resistant to multiple antibiotics. “These animals are sentinels,” says Stephanie Norman, a veterinary epidemiologist with Marine-Med who is working to understand the causes and the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the region’s marine mammals—a project supported by a wide range of local and state organizations. “Studying these animals gives us a nice profile of the health of the Puget Sound area,” she says. Read full article here.

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