Antibiotics or antibacterials are a type of antimicrobial agents used specifically against bacteria and are often used in medical treatment of bacterial infections and certain parasitic infections. Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses or fungi or fungal infections of the skin. There are various antibiotics available in the market with different brand names.
Infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) are associated with poor health outcomes and are recognised globally as a serious health problem.
The aim was to estimate the prevalence of resistance to one clinically important class of antibiotics (third-generation cephalosporins (3GCs)) amongst Escherichia coli in coastal surface waters in England and Wales.
The relative importance of this exposure is likely to be greater in areas where a large proportion of the population enjoys water sports. Millions of water sport sessions occurred in 2012 that were likely to have resulted in people ingesting E. coli resistant to a single class of antibiotics (3GCs).