Colorado doctors concerned about antibiotic-resistant bacteria; 'super bugs' limit treatment options

University of Colorado Hospital monitors bacteria

AURORA, Colo. - The power of  "super bugs" is a concern across Colorado.

"What's going on globally, is going on locally," said Dr. Michelle Barron, an infectious disease specialist at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.

Researchers at the University of Colorado Hospital are studying the bacteria itself as well as new drugs. As resistance levels grow, patients will have fewer choices.

"This is why it's such a big deal. Because it really comes down to the less options you have, the less likelihood we have of curing your infection," said Barron.

As to why this is happening, Barron calls it a "quest for survival."
 
"What do bacteria do? They want to populate and survive. What do humans want to do? Populate and survive. And they're basically at war with each other. Sometimes we win the battle, sometimes they win the battle, and I'd say they're on the upswing sort of and we need a good counter attack," said Barron.

As to what you can do, Barron suggests the next time you get sick, ask your doctor if you really need an antibiotic. The more you take, the easier it is to lower your resistance.

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