Superbugs causing international panic

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
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Because antibiotics are taken so often, bugs are adapting and becoming resistant, turning into "superbugs."

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (KRIS) - It's called a "superbug", and it's something that's causing an international panic in the medical community.

It's a bug that's immune to antibiotics, and now the World Health Organization is calling for international action.

Because antibiotics are taken so often, bugs are adapting and becoming resistant, turning into "superbugs."

A report by the UN's World Health Organization said superbugs have become so serious that they "threaten the achievements of modern medicine" pushing us toward a "post-antibiotic era."

MRSA, resistant to antibiotics, kills more Americans a year than AIDES. Drug-resistant tuberculosis is another superbug, and it's now found almost 100 countries around the world. It's an international call to action, and it's being taken seriously by US health officials.

Even doctors agree that antibiotics should be prescribed with caution.

He said patients should stop pressuring doctors to prescribe antibiotics. If a patient is already on antibiotics, he said to take as directed and complete the entire course, to keep partially-treated bacteria from adapting and spreading.

He also emphasised that patients should never take someone else's medicine.


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