• By Laurel Kelly

Consumer Health: Preventing the spread of ‘superbugs’

March 29, 2019

closeup of adult male hands washing with soap and running water in a sinkPreventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' 
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, often called "superbugs," are resistant to most — and, in some cases, all — types of antibiotics. These superbugs can cause infections of the lungs, urinary tract and skin. They can spread and share their antibiotic-resistant qualities with healthy bacteria in your body, as well. It is difficult, if not impossible, to treat an antibiotic-resistant infection effectively. As a result, these infections are associated with high mortality rates. Prevention begins with practicing good hand-washing. Learn what else you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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