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Poor Hygiene and Antibiotic Use Tied to Colonization with Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria

Poor hygiene and antibiotic use contribute to the colonization of antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) bacteria in humans, a problem that contributes to hundreds of thousands of deaths annually.

Surveying households in rural and urban Guatemalan communities, the researchers examined how the distribution of antimicrobial-resistant Escherichia coli was related to population density, access to antibiotic therapies, sanitation and hygiene indicators such as access to clean water and prevalence of open defecation, and food preparation and milk consumption practices. Results confirmed that AMR was associated with increasing frequency of antibiotic use, poor household hygiene levels, milk consumption, and diarrhea episodes.

Read original article here- https://news.wsu.edu/2020/08/14/poor-hygiene-significant-risk-antimicrobial-resistant-bacteria-colonization/