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Drug - resistant microbes raise concerns

For some time now, concern has been raised by health authorities around the world about the increasing tendency of some disease-causing microbes to become drug resistant, especially to antibiotics //.

An Australian study has found that the majority of people are already harboring bacteria that are drugs resistant.

Simon Lauder reports, that the ability of the mutated microorganisms to resist antibiotics is an ever-growing universal problem.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the bugs that cause infections may have built up the antibiotics resistance within the past decades. New research shows more than 90 percent of healthy people carry bacteria, which are drug resistant. These findings calls for quick actions from the politicians.

Professor Ruth Hall from Sydney University and Professor Hatch Stokes of Macquarie University studied E. Coli bacteria sourced from 65 people who had not used antibiotics for a minimum period of six months. The following is a conversation between professor Hatch Stokes, John Tapsall, a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, and reporter Simon Lauder, for the Australian radio.

HATCH STOKES: "Even if a person had never taken antibiotics in their life - I know that's relatively unlikely these days - but even if that had happened, I'd be relatively confident that such people would have acquired E. Coli that are multi-drug resistant.In other words, again, you know when we eat food, when we interact with the environment, really in any form whatsoever, we get bacteria on our skin, we ingest bacteria. Generally speaking, healthy bacteria in our gut, being multi-drug resistant is not a problem to a healthy individual.

But of course, if you take a situation where people go into a hospital, they're obviously sick for some reason, their bodies are stressed, they're potentially immuno-compromised and people get infections in hospitals that a normal
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