May 8 2012 antibiotics found in river sediment farmed soil and other sources are polluting the environment and contributing to the rising rates of antibiotic resistance a new report suggests. How can environmental antibiotics contribute to resistance this is what we know in any setting natural hospital or within our bodies bacteria in the presence of an antibiotic will try to change to survive these changes can lead to antibiotic resistance the ability of bacteria to withstand antibiotic effects. Review of antimicrobial resistance in the environment and its relevance to environmental regulators andrew c singer 1 helen shaw 2 vicki rhodes 3 and alwyn hart 3 keywords antimicrobial resistance amr antibiotics metals biocide plasmid genes introduction. The accumulation of antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotics in the environment can have severe consequences humans may become directly sick or colonized by antibiotic resistant bacteria when consuming contaminated food or water or through direct contact with animals. Environmental pollution by antibiotics and by antibiotic resistance determinants residues from human environments and from farms may contain antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes that can contaminate natural environments understanding heavy metal resistance in natural ecosystems may help as well to understand antibiotic
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