What is it about?

A densely populated rural population drinks water from tubewells. The user or other sources can contaminate tubewells water with bacteria. We have tested thousands of such water samples and found different bacterial contamination. A large percent of these bacteria were resistant to commonly used antibiotics and pose public health risks.

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Why is it important?

The findings of this study suggest that the drinking water samples analyzed herein could serve as an important source for exposure and dissemination of MDR, ESBL-producing, and pathogenic E. coli lineages, which therewith pose a health risk to the displaced Rohingya people residing in the densely populated camps of Bangladesh.


In my opinion, this kind of study should be done more frequently to establish the extent of antibiotic resistance not only to map organisms and antibiotics but also to map geographically.

Mr. Khan M Imran
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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This page is a summary of: Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase-Producing Escherichia coli in Drinking Water Samples From a Forcibly Displaced, Densely Populated Community Setting in Bangladesh, Frontiers in Public Health, June 2020, Frontiers,
DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.00228.
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