The New York Times looks into why we’re losing the war against bacteria. After heavily reducing the number of bacteria-related deaths worldwide, it looked like the battle was all but won. But now, thanks to a rise in the use of antibiotics, there’s a fear that the tide might turn in the fight against bacteria.

 

Scientists are warning a “super-bug” might be on the horizon, which could be completely resistant to antibiotics. Factor in that we’re living in a super-connected world, the consequences of an outbreak could be devastating.

Worse still, even the meat that we eat might contain super-resistant bugs, as animals are being jammed full of antibiotics by farmers to ward off illness. All in all, these factors make it harder to keep bacteria at bay and mean that we’re at risk of losing the war against bacteria.

Bacteria|The New York Times|Mini-Doc

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