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Controlling superbugs

This world-leading project will assess whether genomic sequencing can track the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in real-time across multiple hospitals, improving control of superbugs and preventing further spread.

This world-leading project will assess whether genomic sequencing can track the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in real-time across multiple hospitals, improving control of superbugs and preventing further spread.

The aim is to identify potential superbug outbreaks before they become a threat, and therefore prevent infections – enhancing protection for Victoria’s most vulnerable patients. Rapid genomic sequencing of superbugs means that results can be reported in a matter of days, enabling real-time action on reducing infection risk.

Patients at particular risk from superbugs include those in intensive-care units, those being treated for cancers or particular blood disorders, and transplant recipients.