"A war that we are losing."

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria kills

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Sun, Jan 22nd, 2017 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

The New York Times brings to attention the disturbing report by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention about the death of a Nevada woman killed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Reportedly, 23,000 people a year in the United States are already estimated to die as a result of it.

This anonymous woman is only the latest casualty in a war against antibiotic-resistant bacteria — a war that we are losing. Although most bacteria die when they encounter an antibiotic, a few hardy bugs survive. Through repeated exposure, those tough bacteria proliferate, spreading resistance genes through the bacterial population. That’s the curse of antibiotics: The more they’re used, the worse they get, especially when they’re used carelessly.

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