Antibiotic resistant bacteria and genes in wastewater and drinking water
Antibiotics and disinfection provide essential individual and public health protection, respectively, from water, sanitation, and health (WaSH)-related diseases ranging from dysentery to cholera. But there is growing concern that even trace levels of antibiotics and intact DNA remnants from cell debris can promote antibiotic resistance by gene transfer to “downstream” bacterial populations, including pathogens.
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