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Superbugs: What Are They and How Can They Be Stopped?

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Resistance to an antibiotic occurs when a microorganism grows in the presence of an antibiotic which would usually be sufficient to inhibit or kill organisms of the same species. The severity of a superbug depends on the number of different antibiotics the microorganism is resistant to.

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A superbug refers to a microorganism that has adapted after being exposed to antibiotics. The proper terminology for this is a multiresistant bacterium; the term ‘superbug’ has been popularised by the media.

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Knowledgeable and helpful information.
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Caroline Carter
21 Apr 2020
quick and easy.
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Cassandra Gilbert
04 Feb 2020
Overall great resource and thoroughly enjoy reading it.Highly recommend
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Bronwyn Horder
01 Feb 2020
Clear information was provided.
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08 Feb 2020
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Frances Fenwick
13 Feb 2020
Great read
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Chris Corcoran
14 Nov 2020
Very interesting and helpful, the article provided a great breakdown of superbugs and how they are becoming more prevalent in society.
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Bernadette Mayne
30 Jan 2020
Comprehensive. Easy to understand.
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Tanja Morton
20 Mar 2020
Good informative article
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Jacqueline
14 Mar 2020
Easy and interesting read. I think this issue is only going to get worse as antibiotics are prevalent in our food chain as well.
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