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Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment

Published Monday, October 14, 2013

Disease causing bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic drug treatment. Diseases once controlled by antibiotics are re-emerging as serious risks to human health. This POSTnote outlines the hazards posed by resistant bacteria, the sources of resistance in the environment and measures that may reduce these risks globally.

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POSTnotes POST-PN-446

Author: Jonathan Wentworth

Topics: Agriculture, Agriculture and environment, Animal diseases, Biodiversity, Diseases, Medicine, Water industry

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