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WSU researcher to study ecology of antibiotic resistance
Date:10/31/2012

," he says. "That's a lot of what we're doing with this project - understanding how much of the presence and distribution of antibiotic resistance is ecological in nature, not just driven by the use of antibiotics."

The three-part project will call on biological, medical and sociological sciences, with collaborators across WSU, Great Britain and Tanzania.

First, WSU anthropologists Robert and Marsha Quinlan will conduct a socioeconomic survey of villagers on issues that include veterinary care, antibiotic use, animal movements and trade, and water sources and treatment.

With more than a dozen transmissible diseases, "These guys have just about the worst of the worst possible diseases you can think of," says Call.

Researchers will also collect bacteria through fecal samples, isolate E. coli, look at resistance to 15 drugs and do some genetic profiling to plot people's OR villagers' movement across the landscape.

The third part of the research will be development of ecological models to explain the distribution of antibiotic resistance.

"Things are not just drug use/not drug use," says Call. "That dichotomy is false in my thinking about the world. It's much more complex than that. We're trying to capture an understanding of that ecological component to this problem because it's going to better inform how we can improve our own policies in the United States, as much as in Tanzania."


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Contact: Doug Call
drcall@wsu.edu
509-335-6313
Washington State University
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