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SNMH taking measures to keep patients safe from ’superbugs’
The Union

Decades of antibiotic use — some say overuse — have led to a modern horror story of infection-causing “superbugs” that have adapted over the years to resist these wonder drugs.

The problem comes from overuse of antibiotics, antibiotics used in food and animals, and infections caused by personal contact, the Centers for Disease Control said. The national agency points out that antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs. While they are life saving, the CDC observed that they are not optimally prescribed up to half the time. Over the years certain microorganisms have adapted to these antibiotics to the point where the drugs do not kill them or stop their growth.