You may know someone who developed a bad infection in the hospital while being treated for something else. The costs of these types of infections are $4.4 billion per year in the US alone. Medical and dental overuse of antibiotics is causing a worldwide problem due to mutations of the bacteria to form resistant strains.
A hopeful 2009 report from Norway suggests perhaps the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics may be reversed. Norway is the only country where killer superbugs are not a problem. Why? “We don’t throw antibiotics at every person with a fever. We tell them to hang on, wait and see…” said Dr. John Haug, infectious disease specialist at Aker University Hospital. Maybe we should be asking our doctors and dentists if we really need that antibiotic next time.