Eastern Kentucky University

Poster Title

Antimicrobial Resistance of Bacteria Isolated Above and Below the Town Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant

Institution

Eastern Kentucky University

Abstract

Wastewater treatment plants appear to play a role in releasing antimicrobial compounds and resistant genes into the environment. The phenomenon of bacteria being resistant to multiple antimicrobial compounds is not well understood. Sediment samples were collected from above and below the Town Branch wastewater treatment plant in Lexington, KY. Bacteria capable of growing in the presence of triclosan were subcultured on media containing antibiotics. A number of isolates capable of growing in the presence of triclosan were also resistant to several antibiotics. The relevance of this co-resistance remains unclear.

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Antimicrobial Resistance of Bacteria Isolated Above and Below the Town Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant

Wastewater treatment plants appear to play a role in releasing antimicrobial compounds and resistant genes into the environment. The phenomenon of bacteria being resistant to multiple antimicrobial compounds is not well understood. Sediment samples were collected from above and below the Town Branch wastewater treatment plant in Lexington, KY. Bacteria capable of growing in the presence of triclosan were subcultured on media containing antibiotics. A number of isolates capable of growing in the presence of triclosan were also resistant to several antibiotics. The relevance of this co-resistance remains unclear.