Researchers look to control anitbiotic-resistant bacteria in waste water

This is an interesting angle, one which I had not thought of but which makes sense - anti-biotic resistant bacteria excreted from an infected person into wasterwater. On the good side, once the bacteria is out of the patient we can use stronger methods to kill it (scary thought - resistance could build up there also).

I wonder what the economies of this would be though. Would it make more sense to treat the water at the hospital (where most of this bacteria probably(?) exists and there is a smaller volume of waste water) than at the municipal centers (where more water exists and the bacterial levels are probably more dilute)?

Interesting stuff though.

Dr. Yost is working with researchers at Dalhousie and Acadia universities and municipal wastewater treatment plant partners in Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Nunavut to develop new processes that reduce antibiotic-resistant bacteria. One of the side effects of the overuse of antibiotics in humans is an increased amount of antibiotic-resistant bacteria being excreted into wastewater. These bacteria survive after wastewater is treated, thereby increasing the risk of transfer of antibiotic resistance genes to the environment and, potentially, humans. Wastewater treatment plants represent an important control point in the many steps taken to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance.