Petting zoos is a source of a lot of bacteria due to the fact that animals and their natural habitats exist in the area. The feces that animals produce will also cause the spread of bacteria through flies and other air borne insects or bacteria. This has caused an increase of the spread of drug resistant bacteria towards all humans working in petting zoos or visitors for the place. A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from Ariel University presented data in the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April) suggesting that a large number of visitors for petting zoos are invaded by drug resistant bacteria. This is a very crucial thing as such bacteria can lead to many different diseases and outbreaks that can be very hard to treat. This study was led by a professor from the university called by Shiri Navon-Venezia who claims that petting zoos hold a large number of multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria. The exposure begins with the fact that humans are allowed to interact with the animals; touch them, pet them and feed them which increases the chances of spreading the bacteria to humans easily. The study included the use of over 228 animals from different species (a total of 42). The bacteria were found in the feces, skin, fur and feather of almost 12% of the animals under study. The bacteria included the presence of ESBL/AmpC-producing bacterial strain and a total of 35 bacteria population as a whole.
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