Time to Evolve

Of the nearly 2 million Americans infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, 23,000 people die. That’s more deaths than by homicide, observes Sushrut Jangi, an internist and instructor in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Nearly 80 percent of antibiotics consumed in this country are used on farms, but agriculture is not the only the only thing that needs reforming to overcome the problem of drug-resistant bugs, the doctor writes: “We use antibiotics in clinical medicine as if they were water . . .

“We are fighting a battle against superbugs. If we want to keep fighting, we had better evolve, too.
The Boston Globe

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