‘Superbug’ bacteria gang up on us, fueled by antibiotic use, nursing home study suggests

(Michigan Medicine – University of Michigan) What’s worse than getting exposed to a kind of bacteria that modern antibiotics can’t kill? Getting exposed to more than one — because they may work together to cause an infection, new research suggests. And trying different antibiotics to control one such ‘superbug’ may only encourage others. The researchers say it’s time to think about such bacteria as members of an antibiotic-resistant ecosystem in healthcare environments — not as single species that act and respond alone.