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‘Superbug' is a term used to describe an infection caused by bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the United States, 2 million people are infected with a superbug, and approximately 23,000 people die.

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1. What are superbugs?

Medicine today relies heavily on the use of antibiotics to prevent and treat an infection. When an infection cannot be treated with antibiotics, it poses a deadly threat to all those exposed to it. What do you need to know about superbugs to stay healthy?

‘Superbug' is a colloquial term that refers to dangerous bacteria that has mutated to resist the medications that normally treat it. A superbug does not come from one specific type of bacteria; rather, it refers to any bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. Superbugs are also called drug-resistant or antibiotic-resistant.

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