The Death Of Antiobiotics: We're Running Out of Drugs to fight off an army of superbugs!

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    this is newsweek's cover story. from the article:

    "E. coli is a relatively common bacterium, but in the wrong places—such as in lettuce or our bloodstream—it can turn deadly. When antibiotics prove ineffective against an E. coli infection, as many as half the patients with it die within two weeks. Over the past decade or two, E. coli has developed resistance to one antibiotic after another. And it’s not just E. coli. “We’re looking to the shelf for the next antibiotic, and there’s nothing there,” says Erica Shenoy, associate chief of the infection control unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. “We’re facing the specter of patients with infections we can’t treat.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 2 million people a year are sickened in the U.S. by bacteria or fungi resistant to major antibiotics, and that 23,000 die from them"

    The death of antibiotics: We're running out of effective drugs to fight off an army of superbugs
     
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    Who cares as long as erectile dysfunction and birth control pills work
     
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    I've been telling people for decades humankind's biggest threat is a pandemic and all I typically hear back is "but, but, but the CDC......." Historically we're way overdue for another pandemic, the 1918 Flu Pandemic killed about 3% of the world population, the Black Plague killed 30% to 60% of Europe's population alone. Then there were those others throughout history.

    Outbreak: 10 of the Worst Pandemics in History | MPH Online
     
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    Very serious stuff. There's not much the average person can really do except wait out the typical viral symptoms without demanding antibiotics. And pray, if you're inclined.

    We do not want to go back to a world before antibiotics. Most of us don't even imagine what that was like.
     

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