Study says tourism spreading antibiotic resistant superbugs

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A new study suggests that people who have travelled to areas of the world with high rates of antibiotic resistant bacteria such as South Asia and the Middle East are more likely to carry superbugs.

Even having a housemate who has travelled to these areas increases the chance of carrying resistant gut bacteria called ESBL producing Enterobacteriaceae.

In central Birmingham infection rates were found to be as much as three times higher than other parts of the UK because of the city’s links to South Asia, reports the Daily Telegraph.

“The findings show the problem of antibiotic resistance is global and that bugs bred in one country quickly spread to another due to global travel”, Professor Peter Hawkey, a microbiologist at the University of Birmingham, who carried out the research, told the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

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