12 superbugs for which antibiotics are urgently needed

Three superbugs of concern listed on a new World Health Organisation antibiotic crisis list are already threatening Australia, infectious disease experts warn.

The WHO list highlights 12 antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" which pose a threat to human health and for which new antibiotics are urgently needed. 

According to the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID), carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are an emerging problem in Australia, while vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)