Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - Phil Smith, an associate professor at Texas Tech's Department of Toxicology, and his team of researchers from Texas Tech's Institute of Environmental and Human Health have been collecting and studying air samples from different feedlots for seven years and have discovered an interesting strain of bacteria.
This is the first time that this unique combination of bacteria, genetic coding and antibiotic resistance has been discovered in the air. These smaller air particles are able to stay suspended in the air for a longer period of time and are therefore able to travel much greater distances. There is potential for these particulates to be transported not only across the state, across the country, but perhaps internationally. The researchers are still trying to determine how fast the bacteria can travel into urban populations.
Smith said that there isn't any information in his study that would be a cause for panic and that it is still too early for him and his team to make any leaps in the negative effects associated with the bacteria.
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