What are superbugs? What is antimicrobial resistance?
Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to the antimicrobial drugs typically used to kill them. They are estimated to cause 700,000 deaths every year. If no action is taken, these numbers are expected to rise dramatically, causing more deaths than cancer by 2050. This would mean common procedures such as giving birth, treating wounds and undergoing surgery could become fatal due to a lack of effective antibiotics.
How is Ohio State involved?
Ohio State is at the forefront of grappling with the complex issue of antimicrobial resistance. There a dozens of organizations and centers working on advancing our knowledge and capabilities.
Leading this effort are areas like the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, helping coordinate efforts on campus and performing outreach to the Columbus area and beyond.
Watch and Learn: Discovery Talks
TEDxColumbus "How dangerous is giving antibiotics just in case?"Watch
"How do we intervene on the farm to enhance the safety of our food supply?"Watch
"Bacterial biofilms, why some infections just won't go away?"Watch
Read more about the amazing work going on at Ohio State
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Under the Weather?
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