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UNC study links bacteria in NC waterways to manure


March 2. 2015, Fayetteville, NC – Researchers based at the University of North Carolina say experiments using DNA tests found that large-scale hog farms in North Carolina are allowing hog manure wastewater to pollute rivers, streams and other surface waters.

From January 2010 to February 2011, the researchers tested surface waters near hog farms in Duplin County, the state’s top county for hog production. The team found DNA from bacteria that live in the digestive systems of hogs and that are not known to live in any other animals or people, said epidemiologist Steve Wing at UNC. READ MORE