Scientists invented new technique for killing superbugs
Researchers at the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering revealed that treatment of the sewage waste water at temperature as much as 55 degrees Celsius can be an effective tool for fighting against the antibiotic resistant bacteria
The bacteria when becomes resistant to multiple antibiotics is called as 'super bacteria' or 'superbugs.'
The solid waste called sludge is collected in the tanks known as "digester" where the organic material disintegrates when the digesters are being operated at 35 to 37 degrees Celsius.
LaPara and colleagues have suggested that the conventional technique of treating the sewage waste water at 37 degrees Celsius is not effective against killing the superbugs, which develops in the gastrointestinal tracts of patients taking antibiotics on regular basis, so should be replaced by the latest technique which treats the sewage disposal at higher temperatures.
Timothy LaPara accepted that some of the digesters are operated at body temperatures, the temperature perfect for the survival of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
LaPara, who is leading the study at new University of Minnesota said, "This new method could be used in combination with other actions, like limiting the use of antibiotics, to extend the lifespan of these precious drugs."
$300,000 has been contributed by The Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund for the current research.
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