High levels of antibiotics found in surface water
China’s surface water is polluted with high levels of antibiotics, posing risks to the ecosystem and human health, according to a recent review of research.
The review said 159 types of pharmaceutical and personalcare products have been discovered in the country’s water, 68 of which are antibiotics.
It was conducted by researchers from East China University of Science and Technology, Tongji University and Tsinghua University and published in the latest version of the Chinese Science Bulletin.
Fu Tao, director of Tsinghua University’s Environmental Protection Industry Research Center, said sources of antibiotics in the environment include sewage discharge by pharmaceutical companies and livestock breeding.