Doctors have been warning about the overuse of antibiotics, and a study by the University of York validates their concern. The unprecedented study looked at levels of 14 common antibiotics at 711 river sites across 72 countries.
According to the study, 65% of all samples contained some concentration of antibiotics. Five different antibiotics were detected in London’s River Thames, while the Danube was found to be the most contaminated river in Europe.
One of doctors’ key concerns is the role that antibiotics in rivers will play in the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Findings by the University of York suggest that waterway contamination may be speeding up this development.
Dr. Keith Roach, with Weill Cornell Medical College, warns that bacteria can quickly develop antibiotic resistance and “even spread the mechanism for resistance among themselves.”
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