If you are very ill, you go to the hospital. Healthcare facilities such as clinics and hospitals can improve our quality of life, but they also have the potential to boost so-called "superbugs", which are antibiotic-resistant versions of some of the most disturbing bacteria.
In a new study The researchers published in the Journal of Medical Entomology researched insects, especially flies found in hospitals in the UK, and found that it was not only the airborne insects that contained bacteria But much of it is also the kind that doctors fear most.
As reported by Gizmodo the study focused on seven hospitals across the UK and the flies living there. The researchers captured flies and tested them for the presence of various bacteria, and the results were not particularly reassuring.
The team found that nearly 90 percent of the flies carried at least one type of bacteria, for which bad news is people like Salmonella or E. coli but it was the details of these bacteria that worried the most. Of the bacteria collected in the study, more than half were resistant to at least one form of antibiotic.
Physicians have long considered the potential of so-called "superbugs" to cause chaos in large populations. No bugs in the true sense, but antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could spread quickly without known healing.
The good news is, at least for the flies in this study, that the amount of bacteria that carry flying insects is rather small. The tiny amount of bacteria that could deposit on a surface where a fly or mosquito might land would probably be too small to cause an infection.
Still, the study is still worrying about how easily bacteria can move in an environment you would consider incredibly clean and sterile.