The overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture has long been known to foster the emergence of germs that are resistant to drugs.
On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the first solid numbers on the extent of the problem. It said that at least two million Americans fall ill from antibiotic-resistant infections each year, of whom at least 23,000 die from the infections, a very conservative estimate.
The agency warned of “potentially catastrophic consequences” unless prompt action is taken. It said that up to half of the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or appropriately used (as when a broad spectrum antibiotic is used instead of a more targeted drug).
Overuse of antibiotics on farms, where they are often used to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals, also contributes to development of resistant strains of germs.
The new report, for the first time, puts 17 drug-resistant bacteria and a dangerous fungus into three categories based on how big a threat they pose. Three were deemed “urgent threats,” including a bacterium, known as CRE, that is resistant to most drugs and kills a high percentage of people who become infected with it.
The Latest on: Antibiotic Resistance
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- We're Not Using One of Our Best Weapons against Drug-Resistant Microbes on February 8, 2019 at 9:14 am
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- University of Wollongong researchers use 3D printed visual aid to combat antibiotic resistance on February 8, 2019 at 6:25 am
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- Frazier Healthcare Partners launches Recida Therapeutics to develop therapeutics for serious antibiotic-resistant infections on February 7, 2019 at 3:22 am
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- Antibiotic-resistant genes found in one of the most remote places on Earth on February 7, 2019 at 3:03 am
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- A ‘Google for bacterial DNA’ is helping scientists fight drug resistant infections on February 7, 2019 at 1:31 am
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- Frazier Healthcare Partners Launches Recida Therapeutics to Develop Novel Therapeutics for Serious Antibiotic-Resistant Infections on February 6, 2019 at 5:00 am
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- Study Reveals Unsettling Multidrug Antibiotic Resistance in Remote Arctic Soil Microbes on February 5, 2019 at 2:09 pm
Team’s findings show the importance of more careful stewardship of antibiotic use and the need for better treatment of wastewater around the world. A University of Kansas geologist’s work in the remot... […]
- Using CRISPR to fight antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ on February 5, 2019 at 5:09 am
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- Probiotics' promise inage of antibiotic resistance on February 3, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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