Superbugs are organisms that are resistant to antibiotics, and they have the capacity to cause dangerous infectious diseases. There have been numerous confirmed cases of superbugs in America and Europe, and the Australian government is taking action to keep them out. Peter Collignon, an infectious disease expert from the Australian National University, stated that the most probable way for a superbug to enter Australia would be through imported seafood.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry will conduct an investigation into antibiotic use in livestock and farmed fish, as well as their resistance to antibiotics. The Senate committee recommended that the government require mandatory reporting of antibiotic use in agriculture, and develop an independent body for disease control in order to administer the requirements.
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