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CDC warns of new Superbug threat



This microscope image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1

971 shows Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria causing the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. In a report released on November 13, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Control estimated that about 36,000 Americans died of drug-resistant infections in 2017, a decrease of about 18% from 44,000 in 2013. The number of non-fatal infections rose nationally from 2.6 million to 2.8 million from 2013 to 2017. Dramatic increases in drug-resistant gonorrhea, urinary tract infections and group A strep were largely to blame. (CDC via AP)

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UPDATED 6:55 PM PT – Friday, November 14, 2019

The CDC says every 15 minutes that someone dies of an antibiotic-resistant Superbug in the US. The 2019 report "Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the US" states that each year around 35,000 deaths from drug-resistant infections occur. Join this important mission to effectively communicate the risks of antibiotic resistance and the role that each of us plays in countering this threat. https://t.co/gOmqkGOOg6[19659005<-DrRobertRRedfield(@CDCDirector) November 14, 2019

The new federal report has placed five drug-resistant superbugs on the CDC's emergency list. This is due to the three germs listed in their 2013 report.

"This CDC report, the second of its kind, contains data on the top 18 pathogens that need attention now," said CDC Director Robert Redfield. "It is emphasized that antibiotic resistance is a one-health problem that can spread to humans, animals and the environment … and affects almost every aspect of life."

Genetic studies have shown that the germs are particularly adept at outsmarting each other antibiotics. Experts urge doctors to prescribe antibiotics only when absolutely necessary.

"Our nation must stop referring to an upcoming era for antibiotics – it's already there," urged Redfield. "You and I are living in a time when miracle drugs are no longer miraculous and families are being torn apart by a microscopic enemy."


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