A “silent epidemic” that kills Lebanese children .. they incubate bacteria that resist inflammatory drugs


Heidel Farfour wrote in “Al-Akhbar” under the heading: “18% of Lebanese children are embracing bacteria that are resistant to anti-inflammatory drugs:” The silent epidemic “kills the Lebanese”: “18% of children in Lebanon, aged two years and under, carry bacteria resistant to antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.” This is the second highest percentage in the world after Bolivia, and “higher than our estimates indicating that the prevalence of immunity genes reaches 30%, and it may exceed that to exceed the rates recorded even in Bolivia,” according to the professor of microbial and nutritional sciences at the Faculty of Food and Agricultural Sciences in American University Esmat Qassem.

In a new study prepared by a research team headed by Qassem in the Food Microbiology Laboratory at the American University of Beirut, in cooperation with the American University of Beirut, and included 72 children from nurseries in five cities (Beirut, Saida, Tripoli, Choueifat and Jounieh), it was found after their diapers were tested for bacteria. e.coli, that 13 of them carry mcr genes.


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