Superbugs

Oh, this is a ticking time bomb, because the bacteria are developing resistance mechanisms more rapidly now than we can find new antibiotics - Robert Moellering MD

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Fight the Superbugs! Why You Should Give a Cluck About Antibiotics in the Food Supply

"Superbugs”: it sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster about space aliens, or maybe a Pixar film about a fun-loving gang of insects wearing capes. But the antibiotic-resistant bacteria (aka “superbugs”) that have been hitting the headlines recently have nothing to do with Oscar nominations — and they are a real matter of life and death.

Antibiotics that doctors have long depended on to save human lives have stopped working. And part of the reason is that farmers abuse them in animal agriculture for non-medical reasons, giving rise to those “superbugs.” Here’s how that happened, and what you can do.

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