Cattle Super Bug Could Spread to East Texas
Scientists are worried about a super bug found in Texas cattle yards. It has become airborne. They are concerned that the bug may spread quickly across the state, as well as to humans. Texas Tech University researchers discovered this antibiotic-resistant bacteria in cattle yards around Lubbock. A deeper investigation found that it was also in cattle yards located downwind of the Lubbock locations.
Western Texas has more cattle than East Texas, as well as more wind. The potential to spread quickly there is certainly a possibility under these ideal conditions. The possibility of it spreading to humans however, is quite low according to researchers. The blame for all this is thought to be the over use of antibiotics as a growth agent in cattle.
This is the first time that a bug like this has been found in the air. Researchers are monitoring the situation closely, and will update the USDA with potential problems, as well as solutions.