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Superbugs Strike Back

When Antibiotics Fail
Goldsmith, Connie (Book - 2007 )
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For many years, we thought we had infectious diseases licked. No longer were microscopic bacteria inflicting the death toll that plagued the United States prior to the discovery of antibiotics more than sixty years ago. Antibiotics, the drugs used to treat bacterial infections, were the magic cure-all-- or so we thought. Scientists never expected the bacteria to fight back. Now we have to face superbugs. Superbugs are strains of infection-causing bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Some superbug infections are virtually untreatable. They can cause ear infections that won't go away, skin infections that send professional football players to the hospital, and food poisoning that kills. Not all bacteria are superbugs. In fact, most are harmless. But one in one thousand bacteria species is harmful to humans. Superbugs strike back explains how superbugs came to be, what scientists are doing to fight them, and how you can protect yourself against these microscopic menaces.
Authors: Goldsmith, Connie, 1945-
Title: Superbugs strike back
when antibiotics fail
Publisher: Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, c2007
Characteristics: 112 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Connie Goldsmith
Contents: A temporary victory
Bacterial basics
The search for cures
Antibiotics versus bacteria
Here come the superbugs
On the farm
What's going on?
Taking action
Summary: For many years, we thought we had infectious diseases licked. No longer were microscopic bacteria inflicting the death toll that plagued the United States prior to the discovery of antibiotics more than sixty years ago. Antibiotics, the drugs used to treat bacterial infections, were the magic cure-all-- or so we thought. Scientists never expected the bacteria to fight back. Now we have to face superbugs. Superbugs are strains of infection-causing bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Some superbug infections are virtually untreatable. They can cause ear infections that won't go away, skin infections that send professional football players to the hospital, and food poisoning that kills. Not all bacteria are superbugs. In fact, most are harmless. But one in one thousand bacteria species is harmful to humans. Superbugs strike back explains how superbugs came to be, what scientists are doing to fight them, and how you can protect yourself against these microscopic menaces.
ISBN: 0822566079
9780822566076
Branch Call Number: j 615.329 G624s 2007
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 107-108) and index
Subject Headings: Drug resistance in microorganisms Juvenile literature Antibiotics Effectiveness Juvenile literature Antibiotics Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Drug resistance in microorganisms
Antibiotics
Antibiotics
LCCN: 2006010726
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Filled with full-color photos, this book takes a look at antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the risks they pose to public health.


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