Bacteriophages are, in eastern countries including Russia, a pretty common, or at least well known, approach to get rid of bacterial infections.
(This is discussed in How Dangerous Are Superbugs Really? | Virus Vs Bacteria | Spark).

Why are phages much less commonly used in the western world?

Intuitively, using a virus that only attacks a specific species of bacteria sounds like a really good form of, or alternative to, antibiotics.

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    Can you please supply a link to a reliable source that supports your statement that bacteriophages are used to fight infection? I'd love to read about it. Feb 5, 2020 at 15:01
  • @anongoodnurse How Dangerous Are Superbugs Really? | Virus Vs Bacteria | Spark - It's not text, but not as shallow as the fact that it is on youtube may make you expect. Feb 5, 2020 at 15:06
  • Thank you for the link. The video is 51 minutes long, though. Do you remember about when they start discussing the bacteriophage as weapon in vivo part? Thanks. :) Feb 5, 2020 at 20:20
  • You could check the articles "A historical overview of bacteriophage therapy as an alternative to antibiotics for the treatment of bacterial pathogens" and "Phage therapy: An alternative to antibiotics in the age of multi-drug resistance". May 3, 2022 at 21:54


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