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Viruses unleashed in a woman’s wound to kill superbug in her legs

A woman's exuding wound did not heal after nearly two years of antibiotic treatments to overcome the bacterial infection. So her doctors triggered viruses to kill the superbug.

The experimental therapy involved specifically viruses that is contagious bacteria, known as bacteriophages or "phages" for short. And although antibiotics alone had failed to cure the patient's infection, a combination of antibiotics and specialist therapy seemed to do the trick, according to a new report on the case, published Tuesday (January 18) in the journal Nature communication.

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