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.
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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