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Special Report: Incurable Bug Sweeping The Globe!

Mar. 1 2017, Published 10:03 a.m. ET

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A drug-resistant  superbug is spreading across the globe — and no one is safe!

Disturbing new research reveals individuals in China are already infected with bacteria that does not respond to a massive dose of the most powerful antibiotics.

In more than 17,000 samples taken from patients in Chinese hospitals over eight years, 1 percent was immune to colistin, a drug considered to be the last resort in fighting serious infections.

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Colistin has long been used in China's agricultural industry to speed the growth of livestock but was not regularly prescribed to people, and scientists say this recent study is evidence overuse in animals can affect humans in all countries — possibly with life-threatening results.

Medical professionals warn if colistin-resistant bacteria gains a foothold, the stage will be set for superbug infections to race across timelines — especially with air travel between nations at an all-time high — killing millions of innocent victims.

Most people suffering with the resilient infections can be treated with a mix of current antibiotics — for now. But experts note the resistant gene easily spreads between bacteria, constantly creating new types of infections and posing challenges to doctors.

"This is a warning shot about the possible scenario where we don't have very much left in the armory to treat infections," says Dr. Nigel Brown.

"I don't think we are very close to that happening, but it is a remote possibility if we aren't careful."

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