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New approach needed in the fight against superbugs

September 03, 2018 / Australian National University

An international research team, led by Professor Peter Collignon from The Australian National University (ANU) Medical School, has found we need to take a much broader approach than simply focusing on antibiotic usage when it comes to fighting the spread of "superbugs". Superbugs or strains of bacteria that have adapted after coming into contact with antibiotics are a major global problem, causing increased deaths and suffering. The new research suggests there are steps we need to take now to better control this problem. Professor Collignon and his team looked at why there's such a marked difference in antimicrobial resistance rates across the world.