Antibiotic-resistant infections killing twice as many Americans as once thought

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WASHINGTON – Nearly twice as many people are dying in the United States from antibiotic-resistant infections than previously believed, as so-called “superbugs” alarm experts with their rate of growth and spread.

Issuing its first comprehensive report into the growing health threat in six years, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had determined that 2.8 million antibiotic resistant infections occur each year, killing 35,000 people.

A 2013 CDC study estimated that two million Americans were infected by superbugs each year, leading to at least 23,000 deaths.

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“The 2013 report propelled the nation toward critical action and investments against antibiotic resistance. Today’s report demonstrates notable progress, yet the threat is still real,” Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC’s director, said in a statement.

Global health officials have repeatedly warned about the rise of bacteria and other microbes that are resistant to most available drugs, raising the specter of untreatable infectious diseases that could spread rapidly.

Drug resistance is driven by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobials, which encourages bacteria to evolve to survive by finding new ways to beat the medicines.

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The CDC said that 2019’s higher numbers were the result of new and better data sources, not a rise in fatalities, and that in fact prevention efforts had decreased deaths from the hard-to-kill germs by 18 percent.

The CDC said the antibiotic resistance “threat list” now contained 18 germs, including two more that were considered urgent: drug-resistant Candida auris and carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter.

Three urgent threats were identified in the 2013 report: carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Clostridioides difficile.

  1. Antibiotic-resistant infections killing twice as many Americans as once thought  Reuters
  2. These Two Drug-Resistant Microbes Are New ‘Urgent Threats’ to Americans’ Health  Livescience.com
  3. Threat of Antibiotic Resistance in US Higher Than Thought: CDC  Medscape
  4. Drug-resistant microbes kill about 35000 people in the U.S. per year  Science News
  5. 50% more Americans being infected by antibiotic-resistant superbugs since 2013, CDC report reveals  Daily Mail
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Antibiotic-resistant infections killing twice as many Americans as once thought – Reuters
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