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August 17, 2005

Pig disease throws spotlight on use of antibiotics

Reuters has stopped calling it "swine flu" and reported on the possibility that the outbreak of Streptococcus suis is the result of overuse of antibiotics. It raises an unpleasant idea: Using antivirals could make H5N1 more resistant just as using antibiotics is creating tougher bacteria...creating the possibility of opportunist bacterial infections attacking people weakened by flu.

Posted by dymaxion at August 17, 2005 12:54 PM

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