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Pathogens Found in Yamuna

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    11th Aug, 2020
  • A team of researchers from the IIT Delhi has found some pathogens that are actually critical in nature, in the Yamuna River.
  • The team has found faecal coliform in abundance in all the samples collected from various areas.
    • Pathogens are something that can cause disease and can be referred to as an infectious agent or simple a germ. It is primarily used to define infectious microorganism or agent such as virus, bacteria, protozoa, etc.
  • Also, a rapid and excessive increase in various antibiotic-resistant genes among different bacteria through horizontal gene transfer was also found.
  • The reason for the existence of these pathogens can be attributed to poor sewage collection and lack of connectivity between drains and sewage treatment plants in the city.
  • The resistant bacteria found are very much harmful to rivers and they can also harm animals as well as human beings.

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