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Drug-Resistant Disease on the Rise Globally

The World Health Organization, governments and nonprofit groups may actually be driving drug resistance and endangering lives by failing to pay enough attention to the dangers of drug-resistant diseases.

Millions of children around the world die every year from drug-resistant strains of malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS and other diseases.  "Superbugs" such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas (MRSA) now cause more than 50 percent of staph infections in U.S. hospitals.

If a drug treatment leaves even one microbe alive, whatever genetic attributes helped it survive will be multiplied in the next generation.

Reuters reports:

“Poor quality drugs, counterfeit drugs, incomplete use of drugs and other factors all contribute to the problem ... And this problem will worsen as drug access programs succeed”.

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