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Using 1 germ to fight another when today's antibiotics fail

 

February 27, 2019



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Bacteria lodged deep in Ella Balasa's lungs were impervious to most antibiotics. At 26, gasping for breath, she sought out a dramatic experiment — deliberately inhaling a virus culled from sewage to attack her superbug.

"I'm really running out of options," said Balasa, who traveled from her Richmond, Virginia, home to Yale University for the last-resort treatment. "I know it might not have an effect. But I am very hopeful."

Pitting one germ against another may sound radical, but it's a sign of a growing global crisis. Increasingly people are dying of infections t...



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