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To find out how quickly these antibiotic-resistance genes could be acquired, the same team took daily stool samples and hand swabs from seven travellers from the Netherlands before, during and after they went to China, India, Canada, South Korea or the Philippines.

The travellers picked up resistance genes as soon as two days after arriving at their destination.

“International travel leads to high acquisition of antibiotic-resistance genes, and we were surprised to see how fast the resistance is acquired,” said Petra Wolffs of Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, who presented the results last week at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston. “Also, we found that the genes can sometimes be retained for a prolonged period after travellers return home,” she said.

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