[NYCkayaker] Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Widespread in Hudson River, Study Finds

j2 (jumpinphoto) j2@jumpinphoto.com
Sat Jul 20 11:34:56 EDT 2013

I've found this to be true in real life paddling as well.

Scrapes and cuts on legs, exposed to Hudson River water, treated with triple antibiotic ointment would often get all red and inflamed, even creating long-term scars.

However, if cuts and scrapes are treated with hydrogen peroxide when fresh and after exposure to Hudson water would not normally get all red and inflamed, and so wouldn't leave nasty scars.

I mention this because standard first aid for cuts and scrapes no longer includes disinfection with hydrogen peroxide or iodine, but to apply tripe-A ointment. This standard of care is insufficient to properly treat cuts and scrapes gotten paddling in and around Hudson River water, and likely most other bodies of water.

With this study, we know why. 

On Jul 19, 2013, at 7:39 AM, Erik Baard <erikbaard@gmail.com> wrote:

> This seems like a logical extension to both the CSO levels we've observed
> and news stories about pharmaceuticals and even venereal diseases (Gowanus
> Canal) existing in blighted corners. Of course both problems would be
> alleviated by more green (in our diets and in our urban design).
> Article intro:
> <<The risk of catching some nasty germ in the Hudson River just started
> looking nastier.  Disease-causing microbes have long been found swimming
> there, but now researchers have documented antibiotic-resistant strains in
> specific spots, from the Tappan Zee Bridge to lower Manhattan. The microbes
> identified are resistant to ampicillin and tetracycline, drugs commonly
> used to treat ear infections, pneumonia, salmonella and other ailments. The
> study is published in the current issue of the Journal of Water and Health.
> “If you find antibiotic-resistant bacteria in an ecosystem, it’s hard to
> know where they’re coming from,” says study co-author Andrew Juhl, a
> microbiologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
> “In the Hudson, we have a strong case to make that it’s coming from
> untreated sewage.”>>
> On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 7:04 AM, Erik Baard <erikbaard@gmail.com> wrote:
>> http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2013/07/antibioticresistant-bacteria-widespread-in-hudson-river-study-finds.aspx
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