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[LISTEN] Bacteria vs antibiotics: The battle for your body

| As South Africa battles with the listeriosis outbreak, Colin Cullis says that bacteria have been around for over three billion years and is not easy to just get rid of them when they get out of balance.

JOHANNESBURG – As South Africa battles with the listeriosis outbreak, Colin Cullis says bacteria have been around for over three billion years and is not easy to just get rid of them in order to save lives.

Bacteria are living organisms capable of growth and reproduction, while viruses contain only their own genetic information and require other living cells in order to replicate.

At least 180 people have died from listeriosis since the outbreak was detected early last year.

The illness is caused by a bacterium found in soil, water and vegetation.

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