162,000 Annual Deaths from Antibiotic Resistant Infections, Say New Estimates

My 95 year-old dad is on his life’s last leg. He lives in a memory unit, under hospice, with a terminal diagnosis of dementia. Something will kill him, eventually. In hospice programs and nursing homes, it’s often a superbug infection.

Superbug is the colloquial term for a disease-causing bacteria that’s ‘resistant to’—i.e. immune to treatment with—multiple antibiotics. Technically, superbug infections are known as multi-drug resistant infections. One example are MRSA infections, which are caused by a super-resistant strain of staphylococcus bacteria.

 

Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

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