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A ‘superbug’ crisis is on Australia’s doorstep, says Melbourne professor

A professor at the Austin Hospital, says he’s seeing patients infected with ‘superbugs’ at a rate of one a week.

In a severe case, a Whittlsea woman struggling to recover from a cut to her ankle suffered when she fell into a hole in Africa, may end up having her leg amputated.

The Austin’s Director of Infectious diseases Lindsay Grayson has told Ross and John it’s a challenge to treat the many different strains of superbugs.

“Those different strains have different characteristics,” he said.

“Some cause different sorts of infections than others. That’s the problem, it’s not like it’s just one strain, it’s multiple strains.”

Professor Grayson said they are super resistant and really proving to be a problem in terms of treating.

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