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According to a recent study, drug resistant infections will soon kill more people than cancer every year. Do you worry about catching a superbug? Do you take any steps to avoid them?

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The only step I take to avoid them is to avoid hospitals unless I have no alternative, and avoid antibiotics unless they are absolutely completely necessary. It's definitely something that worries me!
I do worry.
I don't think I would get one, but so do all the other people...who do get it!
I'm just careful not to touch certain things when out like door handles with my bare hands, and also not standing too close to others.
I also am extremely careful what I eat, outside of home.
It's not something that would generally worry me. I take necessary common sense precautions to avoid getting any kind of bug.

by Vee
Not much , I just try to eat clean food and keep everything clean around. But from what I have seen, even the healthiest of people can get this virus. A distant relative of mine was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She has been eating healthy vegetarian food all her life, regular workout and if you see her, you would think she is 30 years old even though she might be in her mid 50's with 3 grandchildren. Life !
by BK
This is something that worries me a lot. My father's cousin died after contracting C-Diff in my local hospital and when I had to go in for an operation there, I took all sorts of precautions, only to find when I got there that I was one of the first patients in a brand new surgery wing that had been built specially to reduce the risk of catching a superbug.
My uncle also contracted MRSA after an operation and although he survived, it left him practically bed-ridden for the last ten years of his life.

So it's something that my family are very aware of! I try not to take antibiotics or to give them to my son and it really upsets me when I hear of people taking them unnecessarily, which still happens far too often in this country. I always use the hand gel in hospitals and have no problem reminding health staff to use it as well, if they forget.
I am concerned about anyone in my country contracting a superbug as the ebola virus. This would spell very big trouble for us. Generally, I try to practice good personal hygiene.
I almost lost my life to some bug when I was 17 and to this day, no one knows what it was but think I picked it up swimming in a stream in the Blue Mountains. This young European boy and I were the only 2 who had it and he made the front page of one of the newspapers. It took me almost 2 years to get over it and tests every few months until it was decided I was okay. My elderly mother picked up golden staph whilst in hospital and was extremely lucky she didn't pass away. The professor looking after her case said he couldn't believe she survived pneumonia, then double pneumonia and the staph on top of that. Also my neighbour who worked in the same hospital got it as well and never worked again because of it.
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