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[Correspondence] Antibiotic pollution threatens public health in China

28 Feb 2015

In December, 2014, antibiotics were detected in residents' tap water and China's major rivers.1 Antibiotic pollution has become a serious public health problem in China.2,3 Two antibiotics (amoxicillin [8 ng/L] and 6-aminopenicilanic acid [19 ng/L]) were found in tap water samples randomly collected in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. Six antibiotics were also found in tap water in cities of Anhui Province.1 Antibiotics were found in major rivers, including the Yangtze River and Pearl River. 68 antibiotics, at high concentrations, were found in surface water.

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