A new test is being developed by researchers at Duke Medicine that could cut down on the over prescription of antibiotics. The new test will be able to determine whether a persons respiratory illness is viral or bacterial. The use of antibiotics when unnecessary allows the bacteria to build up a resistance to the drug, making infections in the future hard if not impossible to fight. The CDC says last year 23-thousand Americans died from resistant bacterial infections.
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