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Pathogenic, drug-resistant bacteria found in wastewater treatment plants

20:00 EDT 20 Mar 2019 | AAAS

(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press) Infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria are a global public health threat causing serious illness and even death. In a study published today in Genome Research, researchers conducted a survey of 20 municipal wastewater plants in England, and isolated drug-resistant Enterococcus faecium from all sites in both untreated and treated wastewater plants except three, which use ultraviolet light disinfection. A genomic comparison of E. faecium isolates from wastewater and bloodstream isolates of infected patients revealed two major lineages.

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