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Journal of Water & Health Special Issue on

Antibiotic Resistance in the Water Environment


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been raised as important for the international agenda. AMR is not only a major threat to global health, but also our future economy. Worldwide, more than 700,000 deaths are annually linked to AMR agents.

In 2020, the Journal of Water & Health published a Special Issue entitled “Antibiotic Resistance in the Water Environment”. The objective of this Special Issue was to gather original and high-quality studies related to this topic.

The published papers cover detection, monitoring and surveillance of AMR genes in various water types, sewage, activated sludge and in wastewater reuse. It highlights the current AMR problem in the water environment and the importance of ongoing surveillance and monitoring efforts.

The overall aim of the Special Issue is to raise awareness of the problem, as well as inspiring more researchers to explore AMR genes in water sources and come up with solutions to solve those problems


Guest Editors:

Maronel Steyn, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa

Tasha Santiago-Rodriguez, Diversigen Inc., USA

Gary Toranzos, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico


Editorial: bacterial antibiotic resistance in the water environment

Gary Toranzos, Maronel Steyni, Tasha Santiago-Rodriguez, Daisuke Sano

J Water Health (2020) 18 (6): 855–857.




Fate and seasonal change of Escherichia coli resistant to different antibiotic classes at each stage of conventional activated sludge process

Ryo Honda, Chihiro Tachi, Mana Noguchi, Ryoko Yamamoto-Ikemoto, Toru Watanabe

J Water Health (1 December 2020) 18 (6): 879–889.




High-throughput profiling of antibiotic resistance genes in wastewater: comparison between a pond system in Namibia and an activated sludge treatment in Germany

Shelesh Agrawal, Laura Orschler, Jochen Sinn, Susanne Lackner

J Water Health (1 December 2020) 18 (6): 867–878.




Prevalence of ESBL-producing Escherichia coli and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in treated wastewater: a comparison with nosocomial infection surveillance

Taro Urase, Mitsuhiro Okazaki, Hirofumi Tsutsui

J Water Health (1 December 2020) 18 (6): 899–910.




Incidence of enterococci resistant to clinically relevant antibiotics in environmental waters and in reclaimed waters used for irrigation

Silvia Monteiro, Ricardo Santos

J Water Health (1 December 2020) 18 (6): 911–924.




Antibiotic-resistant staphylococci from the wastewater treatment plant and grey-water samples in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Tomiwa Olumide Adesoji, Beverly Egyir, Adebayo Osagie Shittu

J Water Health (1 December 2020) 18 (6): 890–898.




Updated research agenda for water, sanitation and antimicrobial resistance

Daisuke Sano, Astrid Louise Wester, Heike Schmitt, Mohan Amarasiri, Amy Kirby, Kate Medlicott, Ana Maria de Roda Husman

J Water Health (1 December 2020) 18 (6): 858–866.




Antimicrobial resistance screening and profiles: a glimpse from the South African perspective

B. Genthe, L. Ndlela, T. Madlala

J Water Health (1 December 2020) 18 (6): 925–936.



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