State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project Id: 2010MD229B
Title: Occupational and Community Exposure to Antimicrobial-Resistant Bacteria and Antimicrobials Present in Reclaimed Wastewater
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2010
End Date: 11/01/2010
Congressional District: MD 5
Focus Categories: Water Use, Conservation
Keywords: reuse
Principal Investigator: Davis, Allen (U. Maryland)
Federal Funds: $ 6,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 13,064
Abstract: As using reclaimed wastewater for irrigation becomes increasingly common, irrigation workers and community members could be exposed to antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and antimicrobials. I plan to evaluate the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus spp. (VRE), and antimicrobial residues in reclaimed wastewater used for irrigation, and occupational and community exposures to these agents. Culture methods and polymerase chain reaction will be used to analyze environmental and biological samples. I will analyze antimicrobials with isotope dilution liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. My project will assess health risks from using reclaimed wastewater, which is becoming a more common water source.

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