A woman died from a superbug that outsmarted all 26 US antibiotics

In recent years, antibiotic misuse has accelerated the natural process of bacterial resistance, rendering some antibiotics useless and causing experts to warn that we are at the “dawn of a post-antibiotic era” that amounts to a health threat on par with terrorism.

The US has its own serious problem with antibiotic-resistant infections: They’re associated with 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses every year. We’ve already seen a number of different ones — gonorrhea, CREs, strains of tuberculosis — no longer respond to any of the drugs we have.

Though these situations are still rare, experts have warned that they are likely to become more common in the near future. A recent report commissioned by the UK government contains an alarming prediction: By 2050, antimicrobial-resistant infections will kill 10 million people across the world — more than the current toll from cancer.


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