Excessive use of antibiotics causes even our rivers to be full. This is very problematic given the growing resistance.
Resistance to antibiotics is spreading all over the world. The main reason for this is the improper use of this drug, which is primarily intended to suppress bacterial infections. It does not matter if it is used in human or veterinary medicine.
Researchers at the University of York now explored rivers in 72 countries for 14 common antibiotics. Most of them enter the water cycle through the secretion of humans and animals. The result is frightening: in about two-thirds of the tested samples scientists have found what they are looking for.
In some cases, the "AMR Industry Alliance" limit values were even exceeded. A group of biotechnological, pharmaceutical and diagnostic experts and companies dealing with antibiotic detection and control.
Contamination with antibiotics is therefore particularly affected by rivers in Asia and Africa. Most concentrations were found in rivers Bangladesh, Kenya, Ghana, Pakistan and Nigeria. For example, in some river rivers, the concentrations were so high that no fish could survive.
Researchers hope that they will be able to influence the study policy. The goal is to reduce the use of antibiotics and, above all, to use them properly. Failure to do so will jeopardize the health disaster, as more and more bacterial contagious diseases can no longer be cured.
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