Bacteria in Bellandur lake develop resistance to drugs
A study done in Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), lead by researcher Priyanka Jamwal showed a combination of industry effluents, rampant use of antibiotics and raw sewage may be the cause for certain types of bacteria developing resistance to drugs in the severely-polluted Bellandur lake.
It also showed that bacteria had developed more resistance to more drugs in Bellandur lake compared to the relatively-cleaner waters of Jakkur lake. They had compared 10 bacteria species with 10 commonly used antibiotics found in the city’s lakes.
Bellandur had 14 cases of increased bacteria-drug resistance as compared to Jakkur. There is a real possibility of infection or outbreak of diseases in the community,