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Article: Antibiotics in the Hong Kong metropolitan area: Ubiquitous distribution and fate in Victoria Harbour

TitleAntibiotics in the Hong Kong metropolitan area: Ubiquitous distribution and fate in Victoria Harbour
Authors
Keywordsβ-Lactams
Antibiotics
Attenuation
Mass balance
Sewage treatment plants
Victoria Harbour
Issue Date2009
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/marpolbul
Citation
Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2009, v. 58 n. 7, p. 1052-1062 How to Cite?
AbstractWe investigated the presence and fate of 16 antibiotics belonging to seven groups (β-lactams, fluoroquinolones, macrolides, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, trimethoprim and amphenicols) in effluents of sewage plants and receiving waters in Hong Kong. Cefalexin, amoxicillin, ofloxacin and erythromycin-H 2O were ubiquitous in sea water throughout Victoria Harbour, indicating continuous discharge to the environment. This is one of the few studies reporting the frequent occurrence of cefalexin and amoxicillin in sewage effluents and sea water (170-5070 and 64-1670 ng/L in sewage; 6.1-493 and 0.64-76 ng/L in sea water, respectively). Mass flows from seven sewage plants discharged an estimated total of 14.4 kg/day to the Harbour. Typhoon shelters also appeared to play an important role as sources of antibiotics, as evidenced by elevated concentrations within their boundaries. Mass balance estimations suggested significant quantities of antibiotics are discharged to the Harbour without passage through treatment plants. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/137249
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 3.099
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.264
ISI Accession Number ID
Funding AgencyGrant Number
City University of Hong Kong7002005
Area of Excellence Scheme under the University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, ChinaAoE/P-04/2004
Funding Information:

We thank staff of the Office of the Drainage Services Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and at Stonecutters Island, Shatin, Tai Po, Central, Wan Chai East, Wan Chai West and North Point sewage treatment plants for permission to take sewage samples, for supplying technical support during our sampling surveys, and providing relevant information concerning the sewage treatment plants. This study was funded by a Strategic Research Grant from City University of Hong Kong (Grant No. 7002005), and the Area of Excellence Scheme under the University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project No. AoE/P-04/2004).

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dc.contributor.authorLeung, HWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLoi, IHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, WHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorSo, MKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMao, JQen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChoi, Den_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, JCWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorZheng, Gen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Men_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, JHWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, PKSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, BJen_HK
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dc.description.abstractWe investigated the presence and fate of 16 antibiotics belonging to seven groups (β-lactams, fluoroquinolones, macrolides, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, trimethoprim and amphenicols) in effluents of sewage plants and receiving waters in Hong Kong. Cefalexin, amoxicillin, ofloxacin and erythromycin-H 2O were ubiquitous in sea water throughout Victoria Harbour, indicating continuous discharge to the environment. This is one of the few studies reporting the frequent occurrence of cefalexin and amoxicillin in sewage effluents and sea water (170-5070 and 64-1670 ng/L in sewage; 6.1-493 and 0.64-76 ng/L in sea water, respectively). Mass flows from seven sewage plants discharged an estimated total of 14.4 kg/day to the Harbour. Typhoon shelters also appeared to play an important role as sources of antibiotics, as evidenced by elevated concentrations within their boundaries. Mass balance estimations suggested significant quantities of antibiotics are discharged to the Harbour without passage through treatment plants. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/marpolbulen_HK
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dc.subjectβ-Lactamsen_HK
dc.subjectAntibioticsen_HK
dc.subjectAttenuationen_HK
dc.subjectMass balanceen_HK
dc.subjectSewage treatment plantsen_HK
dc.subjectVictoria Harbouren_HK
dc.subject.meshAnti-Bacterial Agents - analysis-
dc.subject.meshEnvironmental Monitoring-
dc.subject.meshHong Kong-
dc.subject.meshSeawater - chemistry-
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