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A first in U.S.: Patient infected with bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotic

This 2006 colorized scanning electron micrograph image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the O157:H7 strain of the E. (Janice Carr/CDC via AP)

The case raises the specter of superbugs that could cause untreatable infections, because the bacteria can easily transmit their resistance to other germs that are already resistant to additional antibiotics.

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