The afterlife of antibiotics

Journal of Travel Medicine
Volume 27, Issue 1, January 2020
https://academic.oup.com/jtm/issue/27/1

 

Perspective
The afterlife of antibiotics
Mary E Wilson, MD
J Travel Med, Volume 27, Issue 1, January 2020, taz102, https://doi.org/10.1093/jtm/taz102
Antibiotics have an afterlife. They remain biologically active and affect microbial ecosystems in and outside the body. Antibiotics used by humans and animals are excreted and reach the environment through multiple pathways causing widespread contamination of soil and water globally. Wastewater treatment plants to not eliminate all antibiotic residues and resistance genes.