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Scientists monitoring spread of ‘superbugs’ on international train networks

Have you ever wondered what kind of bacteria you’re sharing your morning commute with?

A group of scientists are in the process of trying to find out.

Monash University science student Andrew Gray said the international consortium of scientists are working to gather information on bacteria found on public transport networks.

It’s the ‘unseen world’ that could play an important part in monitoring the spread of superbugs.

‘Hopefully it will also start putting into place some control measures for an early warning system to monitor the spread of germs and bacteria that we are potentially worried about,’ he said.

‘The things we are definitely concerned about in this age are the bacteria and anti-microbial resistant genes, resistant to anti-biotics.’

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