High lev­els of an­tibi­otics found in sur­face wa­ter

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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.

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