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Alarm major anxiety: High risk while bathing

Germ of germs in the main: The study found a high risk during bathing.

Offenbach – You can see them this hot summer on the banks of the Maine and other rivers: Families and groups of young adults are refreshing in the waves. But cold summer fun is risky: Now, an investigation on behalf of Hessian Broadcasting has revealed multi-resistant germs in the Main. If the swimmers become ill, they may be in difficulty or even have an incurable infection. Gersprenz in Dieburg was also hit.

The study shows alarmingly that antibiotics used in huge quantities in human medicine and animal fattening cause the emergence of resistant pathogens that penetrate sewage into large areas of the environment. In addition to multidrug-resistant bacteria, pathogens have been found that are resistant to even backup antibiotics.

Germ of germs in the main: Many pathogens are resistant

At the end of May, eleven samples were taken in the waters of Hesse to study hr, among others in Nidda, Lahn, Main, Fulda, Gersprenz, Alte Wehre in Eschwege and in Diemelsee. The Lahn near Marburg and Alte Wehr near Eschwege were particularly affected.

All sites were located near hospitals, wastewater treatment plants or animal farms. Pathogens resistant to three classes of antibiotic drugs were found in five samples and even resistance to four drug groups was found in two samples.

The risk of multi-drug resistant bacteria is high

In addition, pathogens were detected in Maine, Gersprenz, Lahn, Alten Wehre and Fulda, which showed resistance to the backup antibiotics imipenem, colistin and methicillin. These medicines are used by medical professionals as a last resort when other antibiotics no longer help.

The head of the investigation, Professor Thomas Schwartz of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, points out the danger of multidrug-resistant bacteria: "If people colonize it and the disease occurs, then it is very difficult to treat."

Experts call for antibiotic reduction

The evaluation was conducted by the Department of Micro- and Molecular Biology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Functional Interfaces.

At present, the extent of the specific health risks posed by resistant bacteria in waters cannot be scientifically answered. However, the study shows how widespread these bacteria are in the environment. Experts therefore require reducing the amount of antibiotics used. (MIC)

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