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Superbugs Kill Someone Every 15 Minutes

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked


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  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2019 Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report showed data from a 2013 report missed nearly half the number of infections and deaths
  • The development of superbugs, resistant to two or more antibiotics, is linked to overly prescribed antibiotics, drug use in livestock production and exposure to herbicides
  • Researchers recently found that copper bed frames used in an intensive care unit carried 95% fewer bacteria than traditional ones
  • The CDC recommends basic precautions to halt the spread of pathogens, including good hand washing techniques. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of sepsis early and to know about an effective, harmless and inexpensive treatment you can discuss with your physician

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published their first Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report in 2013. The intention was to sound the alarm to the dangers of antibiotic resistance that experts had been warning about for decades.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are also called superbugs. The resistance occurs as bacteria adapt to chemicals and drugs in the environment. This may make standards of treatment for bacterial infections less effective, and in the case of superbugs, ineffective.

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