‘Superbugs’ kill thousands of babies in India, pose overseas threat

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It’s not getting the attention Ebola got, but a deadly epidemic of drug-resistant superbugs is sweeping through India – killing tens of thousands of newborn babies.

58,000 infants born with bacterial infections have died in the last year because once-effective anti-biotics didn’t work against the new germs.

India’s Institute of Medical Sciences says the epidemic could have global implications if innovations in medications can’t keep pace with the growth of resistant infections.

800,000 newborns die in India each year, nearly a third of the world’s infant deaths.


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