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BIO Web Conf.
Volume 33, 2021
The 1st International Conference of Advanced Veterinary Science and Technologies for Sustainable Development (ICAVESS 2021)
Article Number 04005
Number of page(s) 6
Section Livestock and Food Biosafety
Published online 23 August 2021

© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2021

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1 Introduction

Poultry is acknowledged as the main animal protein source in Indonesia, based on the report from [1]. Indonesia produced 3.275 tons of broiler chicken meat and 5.044 tons of chicken eggs, and the consumption of chicken meat reached 5.600 kg per capita. In the world, over 90 billion tons of chicken meat produced every year [2]. However, the control and surveillance of antibiotics used in poultry farm is still lacking. A large number of antibiotics used in poultry industry are used for human medicine, and so considered to be of high importance.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the problems faced by the poultry industry that caused the increase of morbidity and mortality of poultry during the outbreaks. Resistance can be transferred to other animals or humans through direct contact, food-produced animal products, or indirectly via environmental pathways [3]. The use of antibiotics in feed additives has contributed in the occurrence of antibiotic resistance in the poultry farm. After the first introduction of antibiotic growth promoters, the products have been used in farm animals massively. Antibiotic growth promoters were claimed to improve feed conversion, stimulate growth, and reduce the risk of death in livestock [4, 5]. However, the mechanism of antibiotics as growth promoters are still unknown. Antibiotics are given through food during the growing period of broiler chickens to prevent diseases [6]

Antibiotic growth promoter (AGP) has been banned in poultry industry in various countries [7]. Indonesia is one of the countries that currently prohibits the use of antibiotics as a feed additive, stated in Law No. 18 article 22 paragraph 4. However, until now the use of AGP is still found in chicken farms in Indonesia. There is still limited information available related to prevalence of what kind of antimicrobial drugs that currently resistant to bacteria in the poultry. An understanding of the effects of using antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) in boiler chickens, especially against antibiotic resistance and the digestive tract, needs to be carried out in the community to avoid the impacts on resistance and economic losses. This study aims to provide an understanding of the effects of using antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) on antibiotic resistance and digestive tract of broilers.

2 Method

2.1 Antibiotic resistance test in cloaca swab samples

Ten cloacal swabs of chickens were collected and cultured on Blood Agar Plate then incubated for 18-24 hours. Isolated colonies were taken from 4-5 colonies that had the same morphology, then planted in 5 ml of tryptic soy broth. The inoculum was incubated for 2-6 hours until it reaches a turbidity equal to 0.5 McFarland standard, containing 2 x 108 CFU / ml. The inoculum was cultured evenly on Mueller Hinton agar (MHA) using a sterile swab. Five antibiotic disks: gentamicin 10 μg, tetracycline 30μg, streptomycin 10μg, amoxicillin 25 μg and erythromycin 15μg, were placed on the surface of MHA then incubated for 18-24 hours. Determination of antibiotic resistance based on the zone of inhibition formed was compared with the standards recommended by the Clinical Standards Laboratory Institute [8, 9].

2.2 Histopathologic examination of the effect of AGP on the digestive tract of chickens

We examined the morphological structure of digestion tract in broiler chickens that using AGP as additional feed. Ten of broiler’s chicken samples were euthanized with standard protocol, then the intestine part: duodenum, jejunum, and ileum were collected and fixated in the 10% phosphate buffered formalin. The fixated tissues then processed by paraffin method. Tissue slides were stained using Hematoxilin-Eosin (HE) staining [10].

3 Result and Discussion

This study has been carried out to examine the antibiotic resistance and the morphology of digestive tract of the chickens that still use antibiotics as growth promoters in Sleman area, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Based on laboratory tests, we observed that the bacteria from the chicken cloaca swab showed the resistance against tetracycline 30 µg, streptomycin 10 µg, amoxicillin 25 µg and erythromycin 15 µg with different percentages and no resistance observed against gentamicin 10 µg (Figure 1). The highest rates of resistance found in samples was against tetracycline (90%), followed by erythromycin (80%), amoxicillin (60%), streptomycin (50%), and gentamicin (0%). The result was substantially higher than the study conducted by Braykov et al. [11] that found the antibiotic resistance of E. coli isolates from poultry production against tetracycline, streptomycin, and amoxicillin were 78,12%; 36,39%; and 1,32% respectively. Eighty percent (80%) Escherichia coli and Salmonella isolated from quail birds were found to be resistant to erythromycin [12]. Escherichia coli in poultry showed a higher resistance level of antimicrobials compared to S. Pullorum against amoxicillin and tetracycline (70%), 50-70% against gentamicin, and 2050% against enrofloxacin [13].

In addition, the antimicrobial resistance of bacterial in poultry can occur from the uncontrolled use of antibiotics as AGP, also because precolonized antibiotic-resistant bacteria that already existed in the poultry. The previous study by Chauvin et al. [14] found that E. coli isolates collected from French laying hens have higher resistance of beta-lactam antibiotics in young chick. The increased number of resistances against amoxicillinclavulanate, cephalotin, cefotaxime, and gentamicin also found in farm birds, including poultry [15]. The mechanisms of antibiotics resistance might occur in various ways including antibiotic inactivation, membrane permeability reduction, modification of antibiotic targets, and antibiotic transport [16]. Antibiotic inactivation can occur by producing enzymes resulting in decrease of antibiotic function, for example, beta lactamase which destroys the β-lactam of penicillin, causes the failure of antibiotic adhesion to the bacterial wall peptidoglycan [16, 17]. Changes in the permeability of bacterial cell membranes can occur due to the genetic mutations, caused antibiotics failing to enter the bacterial cells [17]. Modification of antibiotic targets can lead to resistance because the changes in the structure of the antibiotic target molecules. This caused in the the failure of the antibiotics to meet the targets [18]. Another mechanism of antibiotic resistance is by removing or transporting the antibiotics out of bacterial cells, this occurs in several antibiotics that work in cells including macrolides, tetracyclines and floroquinolones [19].

The histopathological results (Figure 2) showed that there is no inflammation occurred int he intestines from chickens feed with AGP. According to Gulmez et al. [20] the duodenum of chickens with antibioics will show goblet cells, crypt, sub mucosa and mucosa. The thick ileum and claw mucosa contribute to increasing body weight (BW) and feed consumption rate (FCR).

Previous study by Rahman et al. [21] stated the high prevalence of antibiotic-resistant E. coli from raw chicken meat from poutry shops. Another study in India found that 78% of raw chicken meat in poultry shop contaminated with E. coli [22]. The isolates of E. coli and Salmonella sp. from intestine contents were found in prevalence of 65% and 57,5% respectively from traditional market in Indonesia [23]. Poultry viscera in some asia country has been the main ingredients of many kinds of foods. The presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can contaminate the viscera in chickens might have the impact on human health, and does not rule out the possibility of the cross-infection of some antibiotic-resistant bacteria if the food does not undergo the hygienic process. Indonesia has a very limited data on antibiotic use in poultry production and the antimicrobial-resistant bacterial strains in poultry. Further studies on the bacterial strains and surveillance on antibiotic use in poultry will be important to reduce the use of AGP in poultry farm.

thumbnail Fig. 1.

The prevalence of antibiotic resistance of bacterias from chicken’s cloacal swab (CN: gentamicin, TE: tetracycline, S: streptomycine, AML: amoxicilline, E: erythromycin)

thumbnail Fig. 2.

Histopathological result of broiler’s chicken intestine, (a) without AGP, (b) feed with AGP, magnification 4x; (c) inflamatoric cells infiltration in broiler intestine without administration of AGP, (d) no inflamatoric cells infiltration in broiler intestine feed with AGP, magnification 10x, Hematoxiline-eosin (HE) staining.

4 Conclusion

The Administration of antibiotics as a growth promoter (AGP) in chicken farms does not cause inflammation in the intestines of chicken but causes antibiotic resistance. The antibiotic resistance of bacterial from cloaca swab of broiler chicken feed with AGP against tetracycline was 90%, followed by erythromycin 80%, amoxicillin 60%, streptomycin 50%, and no resistance against gentamicin.

This study was supported by The Research and Community Service Fund of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Gadjah Mada University, with grant number: 1380/UN1/FKH/HK4/2020


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thumbnail Fig. 1.

The prevalence of antibiotic resistance of bacterias from chicken’s cloacal swab (CN: gentamicin, TE: tetracycline, S: streptomycine, AML: amoxicilline, E: erythromycin)

In the text
thumbnail Fig. 2.

Histopathological result of broiler’s chicken intestine, (a) without AGP, (b) feed with AGP, magnification 4x; (c) inflamatoric cells infiltration in broiler intestine without administration of AGP, (d) no inflamatoric cells infiltration in broiler intestine feed with AGP, magnification 10x, Hematoxiline-eosin (HE) staining.

In the text

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