Excellus BlueCross BlueShield reported Wednesday that antibiotic-resistant bacteria — “superbugs” — are infecting some 30,000 upstate New Yorkers annually. “These drug-resistant ‘superbugs’ are a global problem,” stated Dr. Martin Lustick, corporate medical director, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “Bacteria are becoming resistant to the antibiotics we have, and there are few new antibiotics in development.”
Antibiotics treat such illnesses as strep throat and urinary tract infections that are caused by bacteria. They do nothing to treat illnesses caused by a virus, though are too often prescribed for the flu, the common cold, or acute bronchitis, all of which are caused by viruses, stated Lustick.