Amount of antibiotics in rivers worldwide ‘dangerously high’

Worldwide, rivers are seriously polluted by antibiotics. That allows a team of scientists from several universities, led by the University of York.

The study included 711 rivers in 72 countries across six continents. Large rivers such as the Seine, Thames, Tiber and Tigris were included in the study.

In 65 percent of the waters was a dangerously high amount of antibiotics found. In some rivers was more than three hundred times the “safe” dear quantity measured.

Especially rivers in Africa and Asia have been seriously polluted. In many places true there is an acute danger for people, animals and plants. Also in Europe, South America and North America were areas of concern found.

The researchers call the results “shocking and worrying”. By the dumping of antibiotics into rivers to build bacteria faster resistance, which medication against diseases becomes unusable.

Also, the pollution less clean drinking water, which in addition to the consequences for the human major ecological consequences for the nature.

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