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UPDATE 18:55 PT – Friday, November 14, 2019
The CDC says that every 15 minutes, someone in the US dies because of a super immune to antibiotics. Report 2019 'Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States & # 39; says around 35,000 deaths occur every year due to drug-resistant infections.
Today #CDCARthreats The report shows important progress, but the threat is still real. Join us in this important mission to effectively communicate the risks posed by antibiotic resistance & the role we have in combating this threat. https://t.co/gOmqkGOOg6
– Dr. Robert R. Redfield (@CDCDirector) November 14, 2019
The new federal report puts five super-resistant drugs on the CDC's list of pressing threats, which is up from the three germs listed in their 2013 report.
"This CDC report, the second of its kind, presents data on the top 18 pathogens that require attention now," said CDC Director Robert Redfield. "This emphasizes that antibiotic resistance is a One Health problem that can spread through people, animals and the environment … and affects almost every aspect of life."
Genetic research shows that germs have become very adept at teaching one another how to outwit antibiotics. Experts encourage doctors to prescribe antibiotics only when absolutely necessary.
"Our nation must stop referring to the coming post-antibiotic era – it's already here," Redfield insisted. "You and I live in a time when some miracle drug no longer works wonders and families are snatched away by microscopic enemies."