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The level of antibiotics in the rivers of the world continues to rise
- June 1, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Today, experts from the University of York presented their first global study on the level of antibiotics found in world rivers – this study was aimed at raising public awareness of the dangers of modern antibiotics for natural ecosystems. Or rather, about the danger of mindless disposal of antibiotics, which, according to a new study, are already contained in more than 65% of the total number of rivers that participated in the study – and in total, experts have touched 72 countries. And it is worth noting the fact that the level of antibiotics in rivers continues to rise, which creates new problems.
First of all, these problems are associated with the correct distribution of various measures to prevent and curb the spread of antibiotics – environmental specialists simply do not have time to implement all basic cleaning precautions and approaches to removing antibiotics. According to the new report, the prevalence of antibiotics exceeds the norm by a factor of 300 from the permissible safe level – and the leader in this number is the antibiotic called metronidazole, which is particularly well represented in the rivers of Bangladesh.
According to its prevalence, it is followed by the antibiotic ciproflaksatsin and its closest analogue, trimetroprim, which was seen in 307 cases out of 311 initial river reports. At the same time, it is worth noting that a new research report of specialists is mostly characterized by an emphasis on the ability to discover new ways to eliminate such a high degree of danger from excessive amounts of antibiotics – especially in the Asian region.
Because the prolonged effect of antibiotics on river organisms and the natural ecosystem entails the destruction of many biological bonds, as it affects the microclimate of this environment – and therefore environmental scientists from around the world are interested in looking at the best options for getting rid of this problem, like in the long term and in the short term.