The article was originally published by Mostly Science: What is antibiotic resistance and Why does it matter? // June 5, 2014
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Our world was a very different place before 1928, when Sir Alexander Fleming discovered the very first antibiotic – penicillin. Weaponless, we as humans were much more vulnerable to the microscopic pathogens around us.
In order to appreciate how far we’ve come, consider that a single bacterial species Streptococcus pyogenes alone used to cause half of all post-birth deaths. Infected cuts in the skin, or mild throat infections would become very serious very quickly without medicine, and were enough to defeat the human body. Today, there is an estimated 700 million new infections worldwide each year…
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