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Study: Drug-resistant bacteria kill 1.2 million globally

Andrew Cuomo

By MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — “Superbugs” have joined the ranks of the world’s leading infectious disease killers. That’s according to new research that suggests antibiotic-resistant germs caused more than 1.2 million deaths globally in one year. The new estimate was published Thursday in the medical journal Lancet. It is not a complete count of deaths. Instead, the researchers tried to use statistical modeling to fill in gaps from countries that report little or no data on the toll of drug-resistant germs. Antimicrobial resistance happens when germs like bacteria and fungi gain the power to fight off the drugs that were designed to kill them. 

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