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Municipal Wastewater Treatment: A Novel Opportunity to Slow the Proliferation of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria?

LaPara, Timothy M., Sara J. Firl, Leslie J. Onan, Sudeshna Ghosh, Tao Yan, and Michael J. Sadowsky.

During the last half-century, the use of antibiotics has become pervasive in human medicine, agriculture, and other non-medical applications. This article reports on a research project that investigated the role of municipal wastewater treatment facilities in the spread or control of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The authors hypothesize that the disinfection processes most treatment facilities use would adequately inactivate antibiotic-resistant bacteria in wastewater. However, results of the study suggest that treatment facilities, which are primarily designed to protect water quality, do not adequately prevent resistant bacteria from being released into the environment. They conclude that relatively simple changes in the design, operation, and regulation of municipal wastewater treatment facilities could substantially reduce the release of these bacteria and potentially slow the proliferation of antibiotic resistance among bacteria appearing in clinical patients.

CURA Reporter
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Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported in part by a grant from the Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP) at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota. Additional funding provided by grants from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Minnesota.
36 (3): 18-23
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Reporter 36 (3)