USE CRE­ATES SU­PER­BUGS THAT EN­TER MA­JOR RIVERS

The Observer - - NEWS / HEALTH -

In many coun­tries out­side Europe, an­tibi­otics are used to in­crease the growth rates of live­stock, poul­try and other farmed an­i­mals. These phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals do not al­ways have to be ad­min­is­tered by a vet­eri­nar­ian but can be merely tipped into the an­i­mals’ feed. This in­dis­crim­i­nate use leads to the rise of su­per­bugs which get ex­creted by the an­i­mals and then washed out by rain, fill­ing streams and then rivers – with star­tling re­sults. High lev­els of re­sis­tant genes are now found in ma­jor rivers such as the Ganges.

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