Tests at a wastewater treatment plant in Northern China revealed antibiotic-resistant bacteria were breeding at the site and escaping.

"It's scary," Pedro Alvarez, project lead researcher from Rice University, told Phys.org. “"There's no antibiotic that can kill them. We only realized they exist just a little while ago when a Swedish man got infected in India, in New Delhi. Now, people are beginning to realize that more and more tourists trying to go to the upper waters of the Ganges River are getting these infections that cannot be treated.”