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Hudson River teeming with Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria due to Untreated Sewage Water

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Jumping into the Hudson River to escape the unbearable heat could give you a nasty infection.

A team of researchers have now found strains of the deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria thriving in the river, especially from the Tappan Zee Bridge to lower Manhattan.

The microbes that researchers found were positive to common antibiotic drugs such as ampicillin and tetracycline. The scientists visited particular spots in the river for about ten times and found ampicillin-resistant bacteria about 85 percent of the time and tetracycline-resistant bacteria about 38 percent of time.

"If you find antibiotic-resistant bacteria in an ecosystem, it's hard to know where they're coming from. In the Hudson, we have a strong case to make that it's coming from untreated sewage," said Andrew Juhl, a microbiologist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and co-author of the study.
 
 

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