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Overuse of antibiotics in aged care breeds superbugs

Antibiotics are being prescribed for suspected infections without meeting the criteria for clinical infection, increasing the risk of breeding antibiotic-resistant superbugs in aged care facilities.

A new study of four aged care homes over four years has shown that around 40% of antibiotics were prescribed for infections that did not fulfil the standard medical criteria for clinical infections.

Researchers advocate infection prevention to slow the development of new antibiotic resistant strains of disease.

Read more at Monash University

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