Each year 15,000 people die in German hospitals from multidrug-resistant organisms that can cause deadly infections. Increasingly, they are caused by bacteria that cannot be treated effectively with antibiotics.
Global drugmakers say they will clean up factories making antibiotics and take steps to curb overuse to fight the increase in drug-resistant superbugs. The UN is also planning a high-level meeting on the problem.
The list highlights the threat of gram-negative bacteria that have built-in abilities to resist treatment and remain resistant to most antibiotics. The WHO doesn't think authorities are paying enough attention to them.
With drug-resistant strains of bacteria jeopardizing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and few new treatments on the horizon, scientists are looking to nature for answers.
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