The prevalence, sources and diversity of antibiotic resistant E. coli in Scottish surface waters: a baseline for risk assessment and intervention targets.
  The alarming rise in resistance to antibiotics is now widely accepted as being one of the most serious public health crises we face today. The use and overuse of antibiotics in human and animal medicine and especially the overuse in animal food production are the main drivers for the emergence of resistance.
However, recent research suggests that the natural environment, and especially surface water, is the single largest source of antibiotic resistance. Surveillance is key to inform public health actions and strategies. A number of national monitoring schemes provide ongoing data on antibiotic resistance in human and animal settings, however, no such data is available on environmental antibiotic resistance.. This project will provide the first nationwide data on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic resistance selective chemicals in Scottish drinking water sources. This baseline data will be used to assess the risk to human health and to determine if intervention measures are required to ensure that drinking water sources and bathing waters are protected.

  • Start Date:

    1 October 2022

  • End Date:

    30 September 2026

  • Activity Type:

    Externally Funded Research

  • Funder:

    Medical Research Scotland

  • Value:


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