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Rivers All Over The World Contaminated By Antibiotics


Rivers in the whole world are getting heavily affected by the rising pollution caused by humans themselves. As per the new study, the rivers all around the world are contaminated by antibiotics on a big scale. A team of scientists gathered together from all around the world and conducted a study regarding the rising levels of antibiotics in the rivers all around the world.

The Thames River in London, on Aug. 6, 2018. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

The study was led by the University of York and the findings showed that the antibiotics have crossed the safe level by 300 times which is said to be dangerous and a lot compared to the normal levels. A well-known river called the Thames was found contaminated with five of the antibiotics which includes ciprofloxacin which is used to treat skin and urinary tract infections that were three times what is considered safe.

The researchers took samples from the different rivers from 72 countries and there were 14 antibiotics which are normally used and it was found that the antibiotics were present in the two-thirds of the samples taken from different rivers. As per the study and researches, it was found that the antibiotics in the rivers can possibly increase the tolerance of the bacterias which are present in the rivers and there is a possibility that bacterias won’t react to the medicines and can cause harm to the human bodies.

If the contaminations continued at the same scale then there is a high possibility that more than 10 million people may die by 2050. Professor William Gaze, a microbial ecologist at the University of Exeter told Guardians, “A lot of the resistance genes we see in human pathogens originated from environmental bacteria.” The most common drug which was found in the rivers was trimethoprim as it was present in 307 sites out of 711 sites which were tested for the levels of antibiotics.