[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quinta-feira, 18 de maio de 2017

India’s drug factories provide breeding ground for deadly viruses

Polluted water near drug factories in India, contaminated with antibiotics and fungicide, could lead to bacteria developing resistance at an alarming rate.
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There are growing concerns around the world about the risk of epidemics due to the increasing number of dangerous resistant pathogens, against which medicines are becoming less effective.

Researchers in Leipzig have been tracking where these viruses come from and under what conditions they arise. The results are alarming.

Pharma pollution is overlooked cause of antimicrobial resistance

Unused pharmaceuticals, which end up in the environment, such as in groundwater, pose a major threat to public health and the environment, by leading to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans.
Infectious disease specialist Christoph Lübbert reported back in 2015 that dangerous pathogens have been “imported” by tourists and travellers. Lübbert’s entry in the International Journal of Medical Microbiology revealed that many people returning from abroad, particularly from India, import potentially dangerous bacteria.

“Asia proved the be the continent with the highest risk of contact with multi-resistant pathogens,” Lübbert warned. “More than 70% of all travellers coming back from India were carriers, as were around 50% from Southeast Asia,” he added.


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