Secrets of the hospital underbelly: abundance of antimicrobial resistance genes in hospital wastewater reflects hospital antimicrobial use and inpatient length of stay

  25 September 2019

Introduction Hospital wastewater is a potential major source of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This study uses metagenomics to ask how abundances of AMR genes in hospital wastewater are related to clinical activity. Methods Sewage was collected over a 24-hour period from multiple wastewater collection points representing different specialties within a tertiary hospital site and simultaneously from community sewage works.

Further reading: MedRxiv
Author(s): Meghan Perry, Bram van Bunnik, Luke McNally, Bryan Wee, Patrick Munk, Amanda Warr, Barbara Moore, Pota Kalima, Carol Philip, Ana Maria de Roda Husman, Frank Aarestrup
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