Researchers Detect Dangerous Levels of Antibiotics in World's Rivers

Researchers Detect Dangerous Levels of Antibiotics in World's Rivers

Many of the world’s rivers, namely in Asia and Africa, contain dangerous levels of antibiotics, researchers have found after 66% of 711 sites sampled across 72 countries had tested positive.

“It’s a global problem, and we need global solutions,” says William Gaze, a microbial ecologist at the University of Exeter Medical School in England who was not involved with the research, stressing that even if rich countries restrain antibiotic pollution, drug-resistant microbes can hitch a ride across the globe with people who travel and migrating birds or traded food and livestock.

“I don’t think I was expecting the degree of concentrations that we saw. That was quite eye-opening,” says environmental chemist Alistair Boxall of the University of York in England.

“Ultimately, it would be nice if we could get samples from every country of the world,” he added.

Source: Kataeb.org