A relatively benign bug becomes a highly lethal pathogen, known to U.S. soldiers as Iraqibacter.
Arms Race With a Superbug
With frightening speed, certain microbes evolve defenses against every antibiotic we throw at them. Staph aureus is a sobering case in point.
Ask the Expert
Microbiologist Mike Smith answers your questions about Iraqibacter and multidrug-resistant pathogens in general.
Most wars spawn epidemics. See three of history's worst bacterial outbreaks.
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