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MRSA found in U.S. wastewater treatment plants, study shows

6 Nov

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has historically been associated with hospitals, and been the culprit of potentially fatal bacterial infections. But, since the latter part of the 90s, the infection has spread to community settings such as gyms and schools and has infected healthy people. As MRSA became more prevalent in humans and communities, it became resistant to common antibiotics such as penicillin.

But, now the “superbug” has been identified in wastewater treatment plants in the U.S. The water from these plants is often reclaimed and used for irrigation, causing the researchers of the study to call their findings a “public health concern.” Continue reading