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Humans Passing Drug Resistance to Animals in Protected Africa, Virginia Tech Study Says
April 26, 2013
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered that humans are passing antibiotic resistance to wildlife, especially in protected areas where numbers of humans are limited. The research identifies the coupled nature of humans, animals and the natural environment across landscapes, even those designated as protected.
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