Superbugs are breeding, spreading drug-resistant genes at water treatment plants
by: L.J. Devon
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
What role does the current overuse of antibiotics play in encouraging the spread of new and invasive super bugs?
Why are water treatment facilities spreading super bugs even after the water has been treated?
Is chlorine an effective water disinfectant?
Experts are beginning to ponder these questions as water treatment plants are routinely found to be ineffective. New lab results show that specific infectious superbugs can now spread drug-resistant genes at water treatment plants.
Is it time to curtail the use of antibiotics? They are becoming worthless in the face of evolving superbugs. What natural antimicrobial substances could hospitals and doctors begin using to help patients fight infections without creating and spreading new superbug genes?
What ways can water filtration be improved?
These are the tough questions being asked on the cusp of new findings from Pedro J. J. Alvarez and researchers from Rice University.
Superbug genes can spread to other species of bacteria