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Superbugs Lurking Where You Might Not Expect

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published their first Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report in 2013, in which they estimated there were 2 million antibiotic-resistant infections, accounting for 23,000 deaths that year. In the recent 2019 report, the CDC estimates that 3 million people are infected with superbugs each year, resulting in 25,000 deaths. To put that into perspective, on average, someone in the U.S. is infected with an antibiotic-resistant bacterium every 11 seconds, resulting in a death every 15 minutes.  The development of superbugs, resistant to two or more antibiotics, is linked to overly prescribed antibiotics, drug use in livestock production and exposure to herbicides. Superbugs are serious, and they’re lurking in places you probably wouldn’t think of. Case in point: your makeup bag. Read more....

 

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