FT. PIERCE, Fla. - There is an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the Indian River Lagoon according to a new study released by FAU Harbor Branch scientists.
A check of water samples taken over the past year there indicates a sizable increase in bacteria, according the the study.
Water testing has taken place where Taylor Creek feeds into the lagoon as well as near the FAU Harbor Branch campus.
Both agricultural and urban runoff have contributed to higher bacteria levels in the Taylor Creek samples, according to scientists.
FAU Harbor Branch says that antibiotics are used extensively in medicine to prevent infections in humans and animals as well as in agriculture to promote the growth of livestock.
Scientists have found that antibiotics are being released into the environment and have been detected in waste water, surface water, ground water and sediments.
FAU Harbor Branch says that the antibiotics in the environment are contributing to the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria.