Many of the world’s rivers are flush with dangerous levels of antibiotics

Polluted waterways help fuel drug resistance in bacteria

Odaw River

DRUGGED UP  A global survey found antibiotics in about two-thirds of 711 river sites tested, including in the Odaw River running through Ghana’s capital of Accra (shown).

Rob Marchant

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