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Mysterious bacteria 'superbug' spreads across country

December 2nd, 2012 5:48 pm by Peter Eisler, USA Today

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The doctors tried one antibiotic after another, racing to stop the infection as it tore through the man’s body, but nothing worked.

In a matter of days after the middle-age patient arrived at the University of Virginia Medical Center, the bacteria in his blood had fought off even what doctors consider “drugs of last resort.”

“It was very alarming; it was the first time we’d seen that kind of resistance,” said Amy Mathers, one of the hospital’s infectious disease specialists.

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