Will Healthier Birds Mean Sicker People?

With drug-resistant strains of bacteria proliferating wildly, doctors treasure the few antibiotics still capable of knocking out dangerous diseases. They try to use them sparingly to reduce the chances that bacteria will develop resistance. Doctors are especially protective of new synthetic antibiotics called fluoroquinolones--the only drugs left that can conquer certain virulent strains of dysentery and typhoid fever. One type is being deployed against an epidemic of dysentery in Zaire, Burundi, and Rwanda that's killing 15% of its victims.

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