A study testing for 21 common antibiotics found traces of at least one variety in 80% of 505 schoolchildren tested in Shanghai, Reuters reported, citing media reports on research published by Fudan University. The Fudan study included both human and veterinary antibiotics. Some individual antibiotics, including those normally used in farming, were detected in nearly one-third of children tested. A November report by the World Health Organization found that nearly two thirds of Chinese mistakenly believed antibiotics should be used to treat colds and flu, with doctors in China prescribing them to half of all outpatients.
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