Deadly Bacteria Thriving In Hyderabad Lakes
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There is deadly bacteria growing in Hyderabad’s lakes and other water bodies apart from heavy metals, sewage and other pollutants. What makes this bacteria a cause of concern is that it contains the NDM-1 gene which provides resistance to the most effective class of antibiotics, known as carbapenems.

Carbapenems are the last resort antibiotics used in tough-to-treat infections caused by multi-drug resistant bacteria. The team collected water samples from a set of water bodies in and around Hyderabad and tested them for the presence of bacteria containing the NDM-1 gene. They collected samples from the Manjeera dam, Singur dam, Manjeera water treatment plant, an outlet of the Amberpet Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and 13 lakes.

While the concentration varied, the presence of bacteria with the NDM-1 gene was detected in all samples. Even coming in contact with the contaminated water from such water bodies is enough to put one in grave danger. It can also cause loss of life. Such bacteria can transmit the NDM-1 gene to other bacteria in a human being known as horizontal gene transfer giving it similar resistance against carbapenems.

The study found that a "significant" population in Hyderabad may have already been exposed to the bacteria. The exposure can be anywhere between two out of 100 people to 77 of 100. The study was published in the Journal of Environmental Engineering.

Source:
https://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001873
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