Superbugs: A silent health emergency

Bacteria are outsmarting antibiotics to an alarming degree

By Esther Landhuis, 16:31 PM July 9, 2014

The first of a two-part series. 

Bacteria and other microbes can make us sick. But there’s a lurking danger with some germs that’s far more frightening than a bout of food poisoning or an infected wound. Today, drugs exist to fight most of these germs. They’re called antibiotics. Before these medicines came along, common infections frequently killed people. And that’s where the danger lies: What will happen if antibiotics no longer kill germs?

Already some antibiotics have lost their superpower...

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