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Md. legislation guards against 'superbugs'

Md. legislation guards against 'superbugs'

Last month, the United Nations released a startling new report that warns of the growing threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria: Infections from these “superbugs” could kill 10 million people worldwide every year by 2050. The report should serve as a wake-up call to state, federal and international leaders to the urgency surrounding this public health crisis.

Overusing antibiotics and antifungals leads to the breeding of pathogens that can resist our most powerful drugs when we most need them. A recent estimate suggests up to 162,000 Americans die from drug-resistant infections every year,...