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Super bugs: what should you know?

Our national dialogue concerning healthcare and medicine often involves discussing best and worst practices for distributing antibiotics. The specter of an unknown ‘super bug,’ immune to all modern medicine, has always cast an ominous shadow under which concern and angst grew strong. That fear peaked with the discovery of the first true super bug, resistant to all of our current technology.

It’s easy to find ourselves caught up in the hysteria. The very concept of an unkillable bug sparked the imagination of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers. What if, they asked.

Well, what if? I thought this might be an appropriate moment to pull back the media curtain and speak with an expert in the field, Michigan State University’s Dr. Shannon Manning, who studies deadly pathogens day-in and day-out. If you’d like to read the interview, check out my article on Medium.

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