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In recent years scientists have found about a dozen superbugs according to the WHO. Superbugs are antibiotic-resistant bacteria ranging from MRSA to certain bacterias found in the Enterobacteriaceae family. While most superbugs are usually found in patients that have little to no immune systems, they are still extremely dangerous. Most, if not all, superbugs end up killing the patient. The WHO has warned about these bacterias and has put out a list with six pathogens that they labeled “high priority”. Countries such as Britain and China have responded to this threat by putting millions of dollars into antibiotic research. Lucky for the United States, the problem has declined in the last decade according to Dr. John Quale, an infections disease specialist.
Reading this article, I was both fascinated and scared. In multiple biology classes I have learned about these superbugs and mostly my professors were really excited about them for various reasons. I’m afraid of superbugs not only attacking those with a decreased immune system, but spreading to those of us who have strong systems. This article made me think that this is an actual problem and not something that should be ignored. I wonder what scientists will do to combat this problem and wonder what solutions are available. I’m also curious to see if this decrease in the United States will continue and we most likely won’t have a problem with superbugs or if we will have a sudden increase and will have a real problem on our hands.
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