Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in bacteria isolated from retail chickenK. Arthiswari, M. Vichitra, T. S. Sibin,H. Magesh*

The use of antibiotics in poultry management has become a major area of concern. Its implications is the consequent emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) and accordingly their access into the human food chain with passage of antibiotic resistance genes (ARG) to the normal human intestinal microbiota and hence to other pathogenic bacteria causative human disease. In this study, the prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance Coagulase positive and negative Staphylococcus sp. present in poultry chicken meat collected from various poultry retailers was analysed. We did not identify any Staphylococcus spp. From the chicken samples collected in this study.