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Rivers May Be Factor in Antibiotic Resistance

Posted 18 Feb 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 – Rivers and streams could be major contributors to antibiotic resistance due to the many infection-fighting medications flushed into them, a new study says. Antibiotic resistance means that commonly used medications don't work as well – or don't work at all – in fighting infections. For this study, British researchers analyzed water and sediment samples from 13 sites in England's Thames River and the waterways that feed into the river. "Antibiotic resistance naturally occurs in the environment, but we don't yet know how human and agricultural waste is affecting its development," said study co-lead author Elizabeth Wellington, professor at the University of Warwick in England. "We've found that wastewater discharges affect resistance levels, and that improvements in our treatment processes could hold the key to reducing the prevalence of resistant bacteria in ... Read more

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