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Campaign highlights antibiotic resistance.

Public health advocates used this year's Super Bowl as an opportunity to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance.

Calling on fellow advocates and policymakers to "blow the whistle on antibiotic overuse," the Pew Charitable Trust noted that athletes are particularly at risk for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a contagious bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics. In fact, between 2006 and 2008, National Football League physicians reported 33 MRSA infections among players. The Pew campaign, known as "Superbug Showdown," noted that antibiotic overuse in agricultural animals helps breed such antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The campaign, which features profiles of "Team Superbug" and "Team Antibiotic," focuses on microbes such as E. coli, MRSA and salmonella.

"Like rivals on the gridiron, superbugs and antibiotic drugs are battling for supremacy, but this is no game," said APHA member Gail Hansen, DVM, MPH, senior officer at the Pew Charitable Trust.

For more information, visit www.pewhealth.org.
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