Antibiotic resistance genes in air pose threat to human health

Antibiotic resistance genes in air pose threat to human health

Originally published on Premium Times.

The earth’s atmosphere is being contaminated by Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARGs), which pose a threat to human health, according to recent Chinese research.

Led by Peking University, the research collected samples of air from 19 cities in 13 countries and analysed the Particulate Matter (PM) using molecular technology.

The analysis revealed 30 different types of ARGs that make bacteria resistant to seven types of antibiotics.

ARGs resistant to vancomycin, one of the most effective antibiotics, were found in the air of six cities.

Antibiotic resistance is caused by the incorrect use of antibiotics, and it has allowed many bacteria to be resistant to commonly used antibiotics, which means many antibiotics are no long effective to treat common infections.

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