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BUGBUSTERS

Every day in hospitals across America, a battle is taking place. It may not be obvious to the casual observer, and some of the adversaries are invisible to the naked eye.

Even so, the fight is on between health care workers and nasty pathogens bent on keeping their ground. Their names, often shortened to quippy acronyms and initials – MRSA, VRE, C-diff – belie the riotous trouble they can cause.

But infection-control experts know the truth, and they'll tell you without flinching – these are some pretty smart bugs. Some disquieting evidence of this: Several have developed a resistance to the potent antibiotics that once were the best weapons against them. continued..

 

WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH OLDER
ILLUSTRATION BY TRAVIS FOSTER
 

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