Wednesday,  1/4/2017

A researcher who tested the water around St. Petersburg for antibiotic resistant bacteria after the city released sewage into Tampa Bay didn't find any.

But that doesn't mean it wasn't ever there.

University of South Florida researcher Suzanne Young tested three locations beginning a week after Tropical Storm Hermine forced the city to release millions of gallons of sewage from a plant in downtown St. Pete.

Young found high levels of bacteria that indicates sewage contamination but said she would have been surprised to find antibiotic resistant bacteria in the samples a week or more after the releases.

She says that's why it's important to test for the pathogens during the releases. No regulatory agencies test for the bacteria.

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