Study Shows Household Pests Linked to Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The flu and other bacterial infections are hard enough to live through, but when antibiotics don’t cure them, they’re even more miserable. Many of us have read stories of “superbugs”—bacteria that resist some of the common antibiotics like penicillin and erythromycin. However, few of us have probably considered the possibility that the pesky household fly or German cockroach could contribute to those superbugs. According to a new study, some of the most common household pests spread not only bacteria, but antibiotic-resistant bacteria as well.

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