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Animals infected by 'human' bugs

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Animals are now picking up human diseases, possibly as a result of globalisation, a study suggests.

Researchers from the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh said a strain of bacteria had jumped from humans to chickens.

The team believes the Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria crossed between species 40 years ago, when farming techniques became more intensive.

They argue that fewer breeding lines in an industry dominated by multinationals has helped spread bacteria.
 
 

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