Research Says Residues of Antibiotics In Water Harmful for Health

Residues of Antibiotics In Water: Today, a global threat has become evident by antibiotic resistant bacteria responsible to cause some untreatable bacterial infections in both humans and animals. The infection can vastly develop from residues of antibiotics in water.

The above research has been published in ‘The Lancet Planetary Health’, the antibiotic infections in wastewater treatment plants in areas surrounding regions like India and China.

The above risk largely contributes towards antibiotic resistance. This has all the chances of drinking water posing a direct threat to human health and well being.

The above research also led to the various sources of antibiotic contamination in various waterways at places like pharmaceutical manufacturing, livestock, municipalities, and hospitals.

“Our results can help decision-makers to target risk reduction measures against environmental residues of priority antibiotics and in high-risk sites, to protect human health and the environment,” says Nada Hanna, researcher at the Department of Global Public Health at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and the study’s first author. “Allocating these resources efficiently is especially vital for resource-poor countries that produce large amounts of antibiotics.”


Residues of Antibiotics In Water Harmful for Health: Study

Today, Antibiotics has become a threat to the health of animals and humans as they can easily enter the environment at the time of their production, consumption and disposal.

And so, antibiotic residues that go out in the environment like drinking water and wastewater can largely contribute towards the spread and emergence of the antibiotic resistance.

In their study, researchers examined carefully the levels of antibiotic residues that can contribute to antibiotic resistance from vast aquatic sources falling in the South-East Asia Region (SEAR) and the Western Pacific Region (WPR), as defined by WHO.

These regions mainly include India and China that are also among the largest consumer and producers of antibiotics globally.

“Antibiotic residues in wastewater and wastewater treatment plants may serve as hot spots for the development of antibiotic resistance in these regions and pose a potential threat to human health through exposure to different sources of water, including drinking water,” says Nada Hanna.


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