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Scientists compete to identify drug-resistant infections

Posted at 8:19 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 20:19:35-04

Health companies are pitting scientists against each other hoping to get a better grip on drug-resistant infections. 

Since the 1940s, antibiotics have saved countless lives, but the drugs are losing their effectiveness. 

Superbugs are developing and the can't be treated with regular medication. They cause at least 2 million infections every year and some 23,000 deaths. 

Doctors are desperate for a fast way to distinguish between drug-resistant infections and those than can be treated. Now, health agencies are launching a competition and putting up $20 million in prize money. 

Prizes will be given to groups that create lab tests to identify an infection and tell the difference between a virus and a bacteria. 

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