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Norway: the most infection free country in the world

Once upon a time Norway was just like everyone else, fighting a losing battle against bacteria. Then one day, their pubic health system decided to fight back by limiting the use of antibiotics, and today the country is now know as the "most infection free nation in the world," according to the World Health Organization, which blames antibiotic resistance as one of the leading threats to public health worldwide.

In fact, a six month investigation conducted by the Associated Press determined that overuse of medicines has resulted in the formation of mutations by once curable diseases into fierce new strains that have become almost impossible to treat. These include diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis.

Here in the United States, approximately 19,000 people die unnecessarily from bacterial infections such as MRSA (methicillin resistant staphyloccocu aureaus) each year. This is more than the number of annual deaths from AIDS. However, Norway's methods show that this can be prevented quite simply.

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