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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 1)
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Food Safety Hazards Related to Emerging Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Cultured Freshwater Fishes of Kolkata, India

T. Jawahar Abraham
Corresponding Author:  T. Jawahar Abraham 

Key words:  Antibiotic resistance, food safety hazards, fish-borne pathogens, freshwater aquaculture, , ,
Vol. 3 , (1): 69-72
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2011 January, 01 2011 January, 27 2011 February, 15
Abstract:

Association of opportunistic human bacterial pathogens in cultured freshwater fishes of Kolkata, India and their sensitivity to broad spectrum antibiotics was investigated. Both indigenous and non-indigenous human bacterial pathogens such as Aeromonas hydrophila, A. caviae, Edwardsiella tarda, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas spp. and Vibrio parahaemolyticus were isolated from freshwater fishes of Kolkata. These strains were highly resistant to oxytetracycline (62%) and nitrofurantoin (46%), and sensitive to ciprofloxacin (91%) and chloramphenicol (89%). Multiple Antibiotic Resistance (MAR) was high in catfishes (76%) followed by miscellaneous fishes (66%) and sewage-fed farm grown carps (55%). Among the bacterial species, the MAR was high in Ed. tarda (86%). More than 50% of the strains of A. hydrophila, A. caviae, E. coli, Pseudomonas spp., V. parahaemolyticus and unidentified Gram positive rods exhibited MAR. The results suggested that there is added risk of antibacterial resistance developing in the emerging human bacterial pathogens from freshwater aquaculture and of such antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens entering the food chain.
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T. Jawahar Abraham, 2011. Food Safety Hazards Related to Emerging Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Cultured Freshwater Fishes of Kolkata, India.  Advance Journal of Food Science and Technology, 3(1): 69-72.
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