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Drug-Resistant Germs Kill 3 Million Americans Annually

Drug-Resistant Germs Kill 3 Million Americans Annually

Saturday, 16 November, 2019 - 05:15
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria are shown in a photo illustration provided by the Centers for Diseace Control. Photo: Reuters

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, revealed that over 3 million US citizens die each year (an average of 35,000 people a day) of drug-resistant germs including superbugs and superfungus.

"The modern medicine available today may be gone tomorrow if we don't slow the development of antibiotic resistance,” Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC director, said in press statement this week.

In its first report on drug-resistant infections in six years, the CDC revised its 2013 report using newly available data including electronic health records from over 700 hospitals.

Michael Craig, a senior advisor on antimicrobial resistance at the CDC, said we observed an 18 percent decrease from the revised number of the 2013 report, which indicates there's been progress in reducing the spread of drug-resistant microbes typically associated with hospitals.

The report also adds two new drug-resistant organisms to the CDC's list of bacteria and fungi that the agency considers urgent public health threats: the fungus Candida auris and bacteria Acinetobacter (found in health facilities and causes Pneumonia, and urinary tract infection), and both are resistant to the antibiotic carbapenem, along with three other microbes on the list.

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