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Antibiotic resistance giving killer diseases free rein

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The rise of superbugs, stoked by misuse of antibiotics and poor hospital hygiene, is enabling long-treatable diseases to once again become killers, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday. 

A researcher holds a petri dish at the microbiology lab of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen in Antwerp, Belgium on August 13, 2010

In a hard-hitting study of antimicrobial resistance -- when bacteria adapt so that existing drugs no longer curb them -- the UN health agency said the problem was a global emergency.

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