What is a superbug and why are they dangerous
What’s the big deal about Super Bugs anyway?
Well, up to 50% of people who acquire the ‘Super Bug’ infection in their bloodstream die. Even more, the virus can actually transfer it’s resistant traits to other bacteria, making other virus’ a ‘Super Bug.’
Basically, Superbugs are disease-causing bacteria that have become resistant to most antibiotics by developing resitance genes, from mutation and ‘trading’ genetic material with other bacteria. This is due to overuse and misuse of antibiotics. These highly contagious bacteria are known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
How Can I prevent the Super Bug?
The best thing you can do is keep your hands clean!
The virus spreads through the fecal-oral route so never, ever compromise hand washing! Wash your hands as often as you can, and be sure to carry hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean when washing them isn’t an option.
Is the Super Bug in the United States?
Yes, it is. It’s also prevalent in China, Greece and India. Recently, it was reported that the Superbug has increased fivefold in hospitals located in the southeastern US.