USE CREATES SUPERBUGS THAT ENTER MAJOR RIVERS
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.