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Jul 24

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found in Hudson River!

Drug resistant bacteria hasn’t been seen in the Hudson River since 2002, but now, it seems as though now they’ve been found again. Although the “Clean Water Act” of 1972 has significantly improved the river, it seems as though a study showed the possibility of a shared sewage system brought the bacteria back.

The “drug-resistors” were found primarily in Flushing Bay, Newtown Creek, and 125th Street in Harlem. The specific bacterium found resisted tetracycline (a common treatment for pneumonia, acne, and UTI’s) and a penicillin-esque bacteria (which is used to treat bronchitis and pneumonia).

Because of this, multiple acts and actions will be implemented. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has already signed the “Sewage Pollution Right to Know” Law in 2012, meaning the people of the big city will be told when sewage is poured into the water. Going along with that, over two billion dollars will go towards, “improving infrastructure to remove 1.5 billion gallons of CSOs by 2030 in New York,” says Medical Daily.

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