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Experts work to stop spread of drug-resistant infections

Reported by: Gerard Ramalho
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Updated: 5/01 9:00 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- A major health crisis is emerging around the world: drug-resistant infections, or so-called "superbugs."

Experts say while the infections cannot be totally eradicated, its spread can be prevented.

The first step? Avoiding antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

Students at Faith Lutheran High School are learning about bacteria, how they change and how they grow.

But now, more than ever, the focus is on how to kill bacteria that seem to be outsmarting us.

Part of the problem are patients who demand antibiotics every time they feel sick and doctors who prescribe them unnecessarily, for things like the flu and other viruses.

Living in a tourist destination may put us at greater risk.

The newest player on the scene is something referred to as CRE. Even the strongest antibiotics available often aren't enough to kill this superbug, so frequently, it kills the patient.

You may think this problem doesn't affect you because you don't overload on antibiotics, but you're wrong.

You could catch one of these new morphed bugs, and antibiotics won't work for you either because the bacteria have outsmarted the drugs.


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