Study suggests rise of antibiotic resistance linked to pollution

The rise of antibiotic-resistant microbes has put the world in check: the superbugs They already kill more than AIDS, malaria and some cancers. And the short and medium term outlook is not very promising. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers this phenomenon “a of the biggest threats for global health” and points to the improper and excessive use of antibiotics as an accelerator of these resistances. The inappropriate consumption of these drugs is in the spotlight, but it is not the only cause under study. New research, published this Monday in The Lancet Planetary Health, has also found a correlation between resistance to antibiotics and pollution: the more air pollution, the more resistance.

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