Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pestilence

'Alarming' superbugs a risk to people, animals and food, EU warns | Reuters
Reuters reports: "Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European Union pose an 'alarming' threat to public and animal health having evolved to resist widely used antibiotics, disease and safety experts warned on Wednesday. [...] Drug resistance is driven by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, which encourages bacteria to evolve to survive and develop new ways of beating the medicines."

Comment: Antibiotics were one of the most important discoveries of the last century. It would be a shame if we lost that protection in this century. Can you imagine going back to a time when even a simple paper cut could be deadly?

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