Graveyards Can Be a Reservoir for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

By Akebe Luther King ABIA —

We may not like to think about it, but after we die many of us will end up in cemeteries. Burial grounds play an important role in society, functioning as spaces where people can mourn their loved ones.

And generally, cemeteries are places where corpses can decompose without posing a danger to public health. But sometimes – especially when sanitation and waste management services are poor – they can become environmental reservoirs of pollutants arising from human activities.