Deadly antibiotic-resistant superbugs found in water off British coast for the first time, says study

an image of bacteria in a petri dishDeadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been found in British sea water for the first time – posing a potential risk to surfers and swimmers, a study suggests.

Scientists at the University of Exeter Medical School found superbugs in the water at beaches around the country deemed safe for swimming. They monitored the water ingested during water sports and found that those who go in regularly, such as surfers, and those who take in a lot of water, like swimmers, were at higher risk of exposure.

In 2012, they estimated that more than six million sea sessions resulted in swallowing a kind of E.coli bug that is resistant to commonly-used 3GC antibiotics.

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