Report: Lack of evidence for direct linkage of plant agriculture use of oxytetracycline to antibiotic resistance in human pathogens
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There are numerous reports that the use of antibiotics in animal production is associated with increase of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in animals, waste-water, and manure (for some examples see references 11, 31,33). A direct linkage was reported between infection and colonization of humans by antibiotic resistant bacteria from farm animals (11). No direct linkage has been demonstrated between antibiotic resistant bacteria in humans and antibiotic sprays on plants.