Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria are on the Rise.
Anti-bacterial drugs, known as antibiotics, have saved countless lives by decreasing the severity of bacterial infections and reducing the health risk to humans. However, diverse bacterial species are continually mounting new defenses against anti-bacterial compounds, resulting in antibiotic resistance. Incidences of antibiotic resistant bacteria are now popping up throughout the world in staggering numbers. According to the CDC, last year the U.S. population experienced over 2 million illnesses due to antibiotic resistant bacteria. Of those reported illnesses, approximately 23,000 people died. Continue reading