The first evidence of a superbug in a domestic cat that could infect humans and livestock has been discovered in Australia.

Photo/Robert Herriman
Photo/Robert Herriman

The Salmonella strain is resistant to carbapenems, a drug used as the last line of defence in Australian hospitals. Experts believe this resistance may pose a serious threat to public health.

Murdoch University researcher Dr Sam Abraham has led a study to identify the full risk of the Salmonella bug, along with a strong team of medical and veterinary researchers from Concord Hospital, University of Sydney, Concord Vets and University of Adelaide.

“This is the first time that a Salmonella strain with resistance to most antimicrobial drugs has been reported in any Australian domestic animal and it is a significant concern to public health,” Dr Abraham said.

“The identification and containment of the bacteria has been an example of Australia’s One Health capabilities, where animal and human health specialists work together to prevent the spread of infection.”

Read more at Murdoch University