Are We At The Dawn Of The Age of Epidemics?
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Over the past several weeks and months, we've seen a startling number of disease outbreaks pop up around the globe. It's a trend that's not completely surprising — one that could characterize the coming decades as the Age of Epidemics.
Here are some of the scariest new diseases you need to know about:
And the antibiotics are not working as well
MRSA and the Pending Antibiotic ApocalypseMethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a strain of bacteria that has evolved resistance to a wide range of antibiotics, making it deadly and extremely difficult to treat. Indeed, it's expected that within a few decades we'll enter into the "post-antibiotic era," a time when even the most routine infections could threaten our lives.
Basically the antibiotics are ensuring that the stronger strains survive.