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Occurrence and ecological risk assessment of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in Taihu Lake, China: A review

Abstract

The rationale behind this paper was to review the available data regarding the current knowledge on the levels and trends of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in Taihu Lake. The ecological risk associated with some of the PPCPs were also assessed. 36 PPCPs have been detected in the water, sediment and biota of Taihu Lake. These contaminants primarily emanate from anthropogenic activities in and around the lake. The northern part of the lake is highly polluted as compared to other parts because it receives most effluents from Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) as well as domestic and industrial waste discharge from developed cities nearby. Ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, 17β-estradiol, roxithromycin and tetracycline may present a high ecological risk to organisms living in Taihu Lake. Regular monitoring is required to check the levels of PPCPs as they are regularly released into the lake. Investigations into the joint toxicities of PPCPs on aquatic organisms and the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria and genes in Taihu Lake are highly recommended. Special attention in terms of policy and research should be given to the northern part of the lake.

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The article was received on 23 Jul 2018, accepted on 30 Sep 2018 and first published on 01 Oct 2018


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C8EM00327K
Citation: Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Occurrence and ecological risk assessment of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in Taihu Lake, China: A review

    M. Nkoom, G. Lu and J. Liu, Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8EM00327K

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