MRSA in waste treatment water poses potential risk

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 13 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7673
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Drug susceptible and drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus has been identified in about half of the intake and egress samples gathered at four waste water treatment sites in the United States. It raises potential public health concerns for how this water is used.

The study is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States and was prompted by an earlier similar report from Sweden.

Researchers gathered 44 samples at various …

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