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Pseudomonas aeruginosa

is a common Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium that can cause diseases in plants, animals and humans. P. aeruginosa is a multi-drug-aeruginosa resistant pathogen, recognized for its ubiquity, its intrinsically advanced antibiotic resistance mechanisms and its association with serious and life-threatening diseases. It is opportunistic and in all infections produced by P. aeruginosa, treatment is doubly complicated by its organism's resistance profile, which may lead to treatment failure and expose patients to adverse effects from advanced antibiotic drug regimens. This dilemma is a central clinical problem in the field of antimicrobial resistance. P. aeruginosa is colloquially called a "Superbug".