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CDC warns of new threat of major problems

This 1971 microscope image, available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria, which cause sexually transmitted gonorrhea. In a report released Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017, a decrease of about 18% from about 44,000 in 2013. non-fatal infections have increased nationwide from 2013 to 2017, from 2.6 million to 2.8 million. The dramatic increase in drug-resistant gonorrhea, urinary tract infections, and group A outbreaks were largely to blame. (CDC via AP)

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Update 6:55 pm PT – Friday, November 14, 2009

The CDC says that every 15 minutes, someone in the US dies from an antibiotic-resistant supercar. The report on "Antibiotic Resistance Threats in 2019" says that about 35,000 deaths occur each year from drug-resistant infections.

The new federal report lists five drug-resistant major problems on the CDC's Emergency Threat List, which is against the three microbes listed in their 2013 report.

"This report from the CDC, the second of its kind, represents data on the top 18 pathogens that require attention now," said CDC Director Robert Redfield. "He emphasized that antibiotic resistance is a health that can be spread through people, animals and the environment … and affects almost every aspect of life."

Genetic research has shown that bacteria have become particularly adept at educating each other on how to overcome antibiotics. Experts push doctors to prescribe antibiotics only when absolutely necessary.

"Our nation must stop behaving in the coming era of antibiotics – it's already here," Redfield urged. "You and I are living in a time when some miraculous remedies are no longer working miracles and families are being separated from a microscopic enemy."

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