We mimicked antibiotic and antacid treatments, as both could affect the ability of superbugs
to survive the passage from the stomach to the intestines," said Maeusli.
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coli was linked to the most deaths, it is actually the least-likely superbug
to kill you, should you catch it.
Meanwhile, MRSA is actually one of the deadliest of the superbugs
, although it killed the fewest people.
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Many factors have contributed to the rise of superbugs
, include overuse and misuse of antibiotics - doctors prescribing them when they are not needed and patients who don't complete their drug schedules, thus exposing bacteria to the medications without killing them, which allows them to build up an immunity to the drugs.
The news follows a period of relative improvement between 2004 and 2008, when the number of cases of superbugs
, such as E.coli and MRSA, had fallen.
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Furthermore, many of these diseases are being found to be drug resistant, a sure sign of superbugs
. To quote a Swedish scientist who tested the waters for antibiotics, "Some pharmaceuticals were [of] higher [concentration] in the water than in the blood of a patient who takes medication." With these levels of concentrated antibiotics in the river, the research group also found many strains of environmental bacteria that had grown resistance to the drugs.
There are six superbugs
that are cause for concern: carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, extended spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae, vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter.
In the last 18 months alone, two new strains of MRSA-resistant superbugs
have evolved in farmed animals - pigs and dairy cows - but life has gone on as normal.
MRSA is one of the most lethal "superbugs
" that are increasingly worrying scientists and health officials.