Bacteria, including resistant bacteria, can spread in a number of ways.
Bacteria can spread between people through:
- direct contact (touching)
- coughing and sneezing
- exposure to bodily fluids (such as close personal contact).
Bacteria can live on surfaces for long periods of time. You can pick up bacteria when you touch everyday objects.
You can be exposed to bacteria when you handle, prepare or eat food that is contaminated with harmful bacteria.
Bacteria can pass between animals and humans through direct contact.