Researchers are closer to developing a blood test which may be able to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections in turn knowing when antibiotics will be unsuccessful. If completed, this blood test will be able to be conducted in a doctor’s office and the researchers are hopeful that it will help eliminate the overuse of antibiotics.

Lead author, Dr. Ephraim Tsalik, said, “Antibiotics treat bacteria, but they do not treat viruses. That’s why distinguishing between these various causes of illness is very important to get the right treatment to the right patient, and to offer a prognosis for how the patient is likely to do.”

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