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Stopping ‘super bugs’: When antibiotics become the enemy

Antibiotics save lives. Penicillin was the first, discovered in 1929. But it wasn’t until the early 1940s that production of antibiotics got into full swing. Now, decades later, overuse and misuse of these bacteria-killing wonder drugs have created monster bugs — ”super bugs.” These bugs — resistant to antibiotics — are making people sick and even causing deaths

It’s a worldwide problem that hits home. “These drug-resistant “super bugs” are a global problem,” said Dr. Martin Lustick, corporate medical director with Rochester-area health insurer Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “Bacteria are becoming resistant to the antibiotics we have, and there are few new antibiotics in development.”

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