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Targeted hygiene is the way to prevent the spread of superbugs, says Professor Sally Bloomfield.
First used by the media as a term for bacteria resistant to antibiotics, the term 'superbug' is increasingly used to describe any threatening microbe in the headlines. Not surprisingly, people are confused about what superbugs are.
A recent survey (commissioned by Domestos), found that while 56 per cent of respondents were 'concerned' or 'very concerned' about superbugs, only 22 per cent identified them as antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
More than half identified MRSA as a superbug, but a range of organisms from norovirus to Campylobacter were also suggested.
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Evidence shows not only increasing spread of organisms such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile from healthcare facilities into the community, but …