Killer Superbugs: The Story of Drug-Resistant Diseases

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Enslow Publishers, 2001 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 128 pages
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Not so long ago, antibiotics were considered miracle cures. The introduction of penicillin turned once fatal infections into minor problems. Tuberculosis, a fatal disease of the early twentieth century, seemed to disappear. But the appearance of microbes that are highly resistant to antibiotics in the late twentieth century meant that minor health problems were major again, and tuberculosis re-entered the scene. In KILLER SUPERBUGS: THE STORY OF DRUG-RESISTANT DISEASES, author Nancy Day explains the history of antibiotics and how bacteria and protozoas have become resistant to antibiotic treatment. Day also discusses the fight against the overuse and abuse that have made antibiotics less effective.

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