Pharmaceuticals in the water are being blamed for severe reproductive problems in many types of fish, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Female fish have developed male genital organs and there are skewed sex ratios in some aquatic populations.
There are problems with other wildlife as well, the report said. These include kidney failure in vultures, impaired reproduction in mussels and inhibited growth in algae.
More than 100 different pharmaceuticals have been detected in surface waters throughout the world.