Info Service on Health Issues (Mar19/03)
In an effort to discover what drives the spread of antibiotic resistance, researchers examined soil samples in the Arctic, one of the most remote inhabited places on earth.
They detected traces of 131 different antibiotic-resistant genes (ARGs) responsible for the spread of superbugs.
These included the blaNDM-1 gene first found in urban India some 5000 miles away from Svalbard, an archipelago in Norway close to the North Pole.
Scientists think this particular gene was possibly carried by faeces of migratory birds, wildlife and even human beings.
The rapid and far-reaching spread of antibiotic resistance confirms that solutions to antibiotic resistance are a global rather than a local challenge.
The researchersí study was published in Environment International and was reported in Science Alert (https://www.sciencealert.com/bad-news-we-just-found-antibiotic-resistant-genes-in-one-of-the-most-remote-places-on-earth).