Quick! Everyone stop going number two!
That goes for pets, pigs and seagulls too!
Waste from those animals and us are possibly playing a significant role in the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections.
Scientists have found waterways polluted with antibiotics and bacteria both encoded with antibiotic-resistant genes.
Those genes could teach bacteria in the environment how to overcome traditional antibiotics.
A researcher said:
"Antibiotic resistance is likely the biggest public health challenge that we'll be facing this century. We're in a state of complacency right now. We count on antibiotics working for us, but they are slowly starting to lose their effectiveness."
The problem is that even if there are only a few types of bacteria that are drug resistant, eventually the other bacteria will be killed by antibiotics and all we'll have left are the super bacteria.
It'll be like medieval times when a splinter meant certain death.
C'mon science, let's get working on nanobots! They can fight the super bacteria!
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