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Microplastics and Antibiotic Resistance

A new study has shown that microplastics can create resistance for bacteria to antibiotics.

What you should be aware of:

  • According to a recent study published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials microplastics could serve as a breeding ground for bacteria that can develop resistance to antibiotics.

  • Since they are particulate matter in the plastic age, they could provide a habitat for bacteria chemical compounds genetic materials, gene transfer that permits horizontal gene transfer and the spread of antibiotic-resistant genes.

  • Researchers from Rice University in Houston found that microplastics ranging between 100 nanometers to five micrometers in diameter offer an ideal surface area to hold microbes. As the plastics degrade, they release chemicals that weaken the membranes of bacteria, allowing ARGs to enter and create antibiotic-resistant microbes.

  • According to the CDC the CDC, more than 2.8 million Americans are infected each year with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

  • This study points to the possibility of widespread increasing resistance to antibiotics that is not due to the misuse of antibiotics, but rather to the microplastics we encounter everyday in containers, tea bags, clothing, and more.

This is a summary of the article “Microplastics can increase resistance to antibiotics Study Finds” published by EcoWatch on the 6th of December. Ecowatch.com has the full article.

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