A team around YAO Maosheng has collected samples of air from 19 cities in 13 countries (4 from China) and analyzed the particulate matter (PM) using molecular technology. The analysis revealed 30 different types of ARGs that make bacteria resistant to seven types of antibiotics. ARGs resistant to vancomycin, one of the most effective antibiotics, were found in the air of six cities. The research showed that airborne transmission of ARGs might contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance. The research serves as a reference for comprehensive and effective prevention and control of antibiotic-resistant infections.

CAS news release, August 9, 2018