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How can a superbug build up resistance against antibiotics?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Things to consider

Germs have a short life cycle, reproducing in minutes to hours, living hours to days.
Short life cycles allow for new generations to form and pass on mutations that occur in response to drug exposure. Some mutate a lot, some not so much. Superbugs often arise if people self treat viruses with unneeded antibiotics but the exposure can trigger changes in any bacteria not killed at the time.

In brief: Things to consider

Germs have a short life cycle, reproducing in minutes to hours, living hours to days.
Short life cycles allow for new generations to form and pass on mutations that occur in response to drug exposure. Some mutate a lot, some not so much. Superbugs often arise if people self treat viruses with unneeded antibiotics but the exposure can trigger changes in any bacteria not killed at the time.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Kevin Fleishman
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Mutations

Superbugs continue to mutate and the mutations that survive are those that are resistant to the common antibiotics used.

In brief: Mutations

Superbugs continue to mutate and the mutations that survive are those that are resistant to the common antibiotics used.
Dr. Kevin Fleishman
Dr. Kevin Fleishman
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