Superbug MRSA Identified in U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants

The School of Public Health News November 5, 2012 NEWS RELEASE Contact: Kelly Blake, kellyb@umd.edu, 301-405-9418   University of Maryland-led study is first to document environmental source of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States   College Park, Md.–A team led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has found that…

Hypertension and cholesterol medications present in water released into the St. Lawrence River

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Julie Gazaille j.cordeau-gazaille@umontreal.ca 514-343-6796 University of Montreal Universite de Montreal research team on the water upstream and downstream from the Montreal wastewater This press release is available in French. Montreal, January 26, 2009 – A study conducted by Université de Montréal researchers on downstream and upstream water from the…

Prions are not degraded by conventional sewage treatment processes

Re-Posted  for filing 2008 Contact: Michael Woods m_woods@acs.org 202-872-4400 American Chemical Society Persistence of Pathogenic Prion Protein during Simulated Wastewater Treatment Processes IMAGE:Wastewater treatment plants do not reduce harmful proteins called prions that cause incurable brain infections, such as Mad Cow disease, scientists report. Click here for more information.    Environmental Science & Technology Scientists…

New study links fate of personal care products to environmental pollution and human health concerns: Triclosan

Contact: Joe Caspermeyer joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu 480-727-0369 Arizona State University Parental concerns in maintaining germ-free homes for their children have led to an ever-increasing demand and the rapid adoption of anti-bacterial soaps and cleaning agents. But the active ingredients of those antiseptic soaps now have come under scrutiny by the EPA and FDA, due to both environmental…

Tamiflu survives sewage treatment ( oseltamivir )

Contact: Jerker Fick jerker.fick@chem.umu.se 46-480-446-225 Public Library of Science Swedish researchers have discovered that oseltamivir (Tamiflu); an antiviral drug used to prevent and mitigate influenza infections is not removed or degraded during normal sewage treatment. Consequently, in countries where Tamiflu is used at a high frequency, there is a risk that its concentration in natural…

ASU study finds antimicrobials from personal care products in statewide survey of Minnesota’s rivers and lakes – triclosan

Highlights First statewide U.S. survey finds antimicrobial compounds present in sediments of Minnesota’s rivers, creeks and lakes Personal care product active ingredients triclosan (TCS) and triclocarban (TCC) detected in all samples takenupstreamanddownstreamof wastewater treatment plants Among the two known endocrine disruptors monitored, triclocarban was more abundant than triclosan Study adds tobody of scientific work calling…