Drug-resistant superbug genes found in San Diego parks

Posted at 11:43 AM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 22:20:11-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--Antibiotic-resistant superbug genes are present in high quantities in San Diego parks, according to researchers at University of California, Los Angeles.

A study shows the genes, which lead to drug-resistant bacteria, were found in air, soil and water samples at city parks in San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, and Bakersfield.  The highest levels came from drinking fountains in San Diego.

The parks where tests were conducted: Petco Park in Downtown San Diego, Boone Park in Bay Terraces, Balboa Park, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Trails Regional Park.

Read the study HERE.

According to the study, the genes are not toxic on their own.  They're a threat when they become part of pathogenic organisms, which can make people ill.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tips for protecting yourself and your family from antibiotic resistance.

  • Wash your hands
  • Stay up to date with vaccinations
  • Avoid food-borne infections
  • Prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Keep your pool and drinking water safe

More tips are available on the CDC website.