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Nearly 9 out of 10 flying insects in hospitals carry potentially harmful bacteria, a new study finds

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  • A new study found that almost 9 out of 10 flying insects in hospitals carry potentially harmful bacteria, and over half of the bacterial strains found were 'superbugs,' or resistant to at least one class of antibiotics.
  • British researchers tested over 20,000 flying insects caught at seven hospitals over 18 months, including flies, aphids, ants, wasps, bees, and moths.
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Flies in hospitals may pose a greater threat than a buzzing annoyance. A study published Friday found almost 9 out of 10 flying insects collected from seven hospitals in England carried potentially harmful bacteria on or in their bodies.

Over half of the bacterial strains identified were 'superbugs,' meaning they were resistant to at least one class of antibiotic, with almost 20% resistant to multiples classes of antibiotics. Penicillin was the least effective antibiotic against the bacteria that was found. See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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