Superbugs: Join the Fight Before It's Too Late
April 26, 2015
You get an infection, you see your doctor who writes a prescription which you take and then you get well. But what if the prescription doesn’t work? What if the bug you’re fighting is a “superbug” that is resistant to the antibiotics your doctor prescribes? In the latest post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast infectious disease expert Dr. Jenna Benwill answers questions about drug-resistant bacterial infections.
- What does the term "superbug" mean?
- How do bacteria mutate and become resistant to antibiotics?
- Why are we hearing more about superbugs?
- Who is at greatest risk for contracting a superbug?
- Are some superbug infections more serious than others?
- When is it appropriate to take an antibiotic and when is it not?
- Are patients putting pressure on their doctors to over-prescribe antibiotics?
- Why is the development of new antibiotics so difficult? Are there any new antibiotics in the pipeline for release?
- What is Advanced Molecular Detection and does it have potential in the fight against superbugs?
- What can we do to avoid bacterial infections?