Thursday, June 9, 2011

Alternatives to Antibiotics

With more and more pathogens becoming immune to antibiotics, researchers are identifying alternatives to treat many frequently occurring infections.

Figures released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that in 2010, nearly half-a-million people were infected with a strain of tuberculosis (TB) which is resistant to many antibiotics. As a result, one-third of those infected died.

The WHO attributes the growing spread of resistant pathogens (micro-organisms that cause diseases) to

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