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Doctors Worry About Spread of Superbug

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LAS VEGAS - A deadly, drug-resistant superbug is spreading in the United States. The superbug prompted the Centers for Disease Control to issue a warning.

It can currently be found in hospitals. Superbugs are drug resistant bacteria that can be deadly. Some doctors say the overuse of antibiotics is causing these superbugs to spread.

Some doctors say patients are being prescribed antibiotics for the wrong reasons. For example, symptoms such as runny nose, coughing and sore throat are caused by viruses, so antibiotics should not be used to treat those symptoms.

Doctors say the bacteria that led to the superbug became acquainted and resistant to antibiotics because of their widespread use.

"In an urgent care setting, sometimes in the ER setting, when they don't know the patients, I think they sometimes feel their hand is played where they think they have to give antibiotics," said pediatrician Dr. Blair Duddy.

Too many antibiotics can also create an allergy towards the drug. If that happens, doctors say the patient won't be able to tolerate antibiotics when they really need them.

The Centers for Disease Control urges doctors to responsibly prescribe antibiotics and hospitals to follow their patient protection plans to stop the spread of superbugs.

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