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Antibiotics as Environmental Pollutants: Associated Public Health Threats and Residues in Animal Protein and Biosolids

Abstract This dissertation studies the larger issue of antibiotic resistance with respect to how antibiotics are being introduced into the environment, focusing on two major anthropogenic pathways: animal husbandry for human consumption, and the recycling of wastewater and municipal sludge generated during conventional biological sewage treatment.

For animal production on land (agriculture) antibiotics are often used for growth enhancement and increased feed efficiency. For animal production in water (aquaculture) antibiotics are often used as a prophylactic. I found that the same antibiotics are being used in both industries and that the same strains of human pathogens have also been isolated from both sources, expressing identical resistance me... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Done, Hansa Yi-Yun (Author) / Halden, Rolf U (Advisor) / Haydel, Shelley E (Committee member) / Abbaszadegan, Morteza (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Environmental engineering / Microbiology / Public health / animal farming / antibiotics / aquaculture / biosolids / wastewater treatment
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 211 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Engineering 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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