It all started with a small cut on Rick Bright’s thumb, leaving what looked like a small white pimple on his finger.

But what appeared to be a small blemish instead turned out to be multidrug resistant MRSA, a staph infection.

After numerous hospital visits and seven different antibiotics, Mr. Bright was able to treat his infection, sparing him from losing his thumb two years ago.

He is among the millions of people who become infected with drug-resistant bacteria each year.

Known as “superbugs,” drug-resistant bacteria are on track to kill 10 million people a year by 2050, outpacing cancer deaths, say health officials, who are searching for solutions to the growing threat.

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