Friday, November 9, 2012

MRSA Found in Water Treatment Plant, Posing Threat to those Exposed

Lisa Garber -
Activist Post

University of Maryland researchers found antibiotic-resistant methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at two water treatment plants in the Midwest and two more in the mid-Atlantic area. This brings into question the health and safety of the facilities’ workers as well as individuals exposed to wastewater.

What many news agencies are not addressing, however, is the dangerous state of modern medicine in which we turn so easily—eagerly, in many cases—to ineffective, even harmful antibiotics perpetuating runaway germs like staph.

MRSA Present in Treated Water

The new study was published in Environmental Health Perspectives and included samples from four different water treatment facilities and their varying stages. MRSA was found in 83 percent of raw sewage samples and in half of all samples gathered; methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) was found in 55 percent of samples.

After each stage of treatment, water contained less MRSA and MSSA, but one of the plants—one known for not chlorinating its water through “tertiary treatment”—did have MRSA in the final treatment process.

MRSA is often found in hospitals as well as communal areas such as jails, childcare centers , and athletic facilities It leaves both the medical community and the germ-fearing public in the grip of fear as it does not respond to antibiotics, the go-to western medical cure-all.

Antibiotic-Resistant Germs on the Rise

Senior medical professionals are now saying that antibiotics are overprescribed and destroying gut health. Consequences may even be permanent, resulting in altered metabolism and raised risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome. At least one report claims that antibiotics might be partially responsible for rising rates of mental illness.

Admittedly, this research is in its infancy, but they are returning far too grim results for physicians to be so cavalierly doling out antibiotics for something as benign and naturally treatable as the common cold. No doubt, antibiotic-resistant germs like MRSA will remain on the rise as long as this over-prescription continues.

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Anonymous said...

OK, so I followed the link to the abstract, and opened the .pdf of the actual publication, looking for site identification on these systems. But there was none. The locations where MRSA is still in the water when it's released back to the environment for downstream users is not identified for any of them.

It seems to me there is a public health concern with knowing if your drinking water contains MRSA, right? So I have to wonder why those sites were not identified, and why I didn't see any mention of contacting them to let them know they have a problem.

Anonymous said...

it is very vague and fishy, lacking any references to back it up.

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