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Your Health 11-13-12 Antibiotics resistance

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Would you dump fuel on a wildfire? Hopefully you said, no! But, that is what government health officials say too many Americans are doing when they overuse antibiotics unnecessarily for illnesses like colds or flu.

"Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work", that is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program aimed at helping people become wise about antibiotics and antibiotics resistance.

A new survey revealed many misperceptions about antibiotics by Americans.

The majority of respondents knew that unnecessary use of antibiotics could harm their health, less than half realized that this could also harm other members of the community.

Many participants wrongly believed that individuals build up tolerance to antibiotics, when it is the bacteria themselves that become resistant.

The number of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" is soaring.

According to the CDC, In 2005, almost 370,000 Americans were hospitalized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), up from only about 2,000 in 1993.

MRSA and other drug-resistant infections kill about 60,000 people every year in the United States.#

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