‘Superbugs’ can linger in the body for years, potentially spreading antibiotic resistance

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria that pose a critical threat to public health can remain in the body for nearly a decade.

That’s according to a new analysis of two antibiotic-resistant strains of the bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli sampled from more than 70 hospital patients in Basel, Switzerland. The patients were screened for the presence of the bacteria in their body over the course of 10 years.

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