They're germs so dangerous the nation's top health official at the Centers for Disease Control describes them as "nightmare" bacteria. That's hyperbolic language for the typically staid institution, but in this case it's warranted, said CDC Director Tom Frieden earlier this year. More formally known as CREs, these "superbugs" resist most antibiotics, spread resistance to other germs and kill roughly half of the people who get bloodstream infections from them.
Antibiotics can be extremely useful when treating bacteria and illnesses. Yet over time, bacteria can become antibiotic-resistant, turning into "superbugs." Now, though, researchers have uncovered a novel mechanism that a particular superbug uses to fend off a key front-line antibiotic. The findings could reveal new ways to treat this type of superbug in patients
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