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Wastewater Containing Antibiotics: A Threat for Human Health

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Antibiotics are widely used for human and animal diseases treatment caused by pathogenic bacteria. The overuse of these compounds causes their presence in urban wastewaters and effluents from agrolivestock industry. Since conventional wastewater treatment plants are not designed for the removal of antibiotics, they enter into ecosystems, which stimulate the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and reduce their therapeutic potential against human and animal pathogens. This is a potential threat to human health and, therefore, it is necessary to upgrade the current wastewater treatment plants in order to guarantee the removal of these compounds and to avoid their disposal in water, groundwater, and soil.

This special issue will consider research and review articles on the effects of antibiotics in wastewater on the environment and human health and how the upgrade of wastewater treatment plants can mitigate these effects.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Effects and fate of antibiotics in the natural ecosystems
  • Human health implications of antibiotics in wastewaters
  • Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance as a result of antibiotics in wastewater
  • Occurrence and fate of antibiotics in the current wastewater treatment plants
  • Advanced treatment systems to remove antibiotics and antibiotic resistance bacteria
  • Implications on environmental regulations

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at https://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/public.health/mtss1/.

Submission DeadlineFriday, 3 August 2018
Publication DateDecember 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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