The Graf lab published a paper in mBio about how tiny amounts of antibiotics inside the leech lead to patients being infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria.

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Beka L, Fullmer MS, Colston SM, Nelson MC, Talagrand-Reboul E, Walker P, Ford B, Whitaker IS, Lamy B, Gogarten JP, Graf J. 2018. Low-level antimicrobials in the medicinal leech select for resistant pathogens that spread to patients. mBio 9:e01328-18.

“What leech gut bacteria can tell us about drug resistance” ScienceNews

“Antibiotic resistance in a leech’s gut” Science Daily

“Report from the Leech’s Gut: Even Trace Amounts of Antibiotics Boost Resistant Bacteria” Infection Control Today

“Antibiotic resistance in a leech’s gut: Even trace amounts of antibiotics boost resistant bacteria”

“Even low levels of antibiotics in chicken can cause bacterial resistance” Business Standard

“Leech gut microbiome resistant to antibiotics” EQW News