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June 12, 2019

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Antibiotic Resistance is More than Just a Medical Crisis

Harvard Public Health spoke with IDSA President Cynthia Sears, MD, FIDSA on how the rise of antibiotic resistance is more than just a medical crisis, but also a scientific, economic, political, and moral problem.

“There isn’t an ID doc in this country who hasn’t been at the bedside of a patient who’s desperately ill and for whom we did not have an antibiotic,” Sears stated. “And it’s not always someone who’s older. The case I always harken back to was a woman in her mid-20s who had an intra-abdominal abscess. Things didn’t go well after surgery. And I literally had no drugs to offer her.”

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