News for the AAN
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.
Today #CDCARreates The report shows significant progress, but the threat is still real. Join us in this important mission to effectively communicate the risks of antibiotic resistance and the role each of us has in combating this threat. https://t.co/gOmqkGOOg6
– Dr. Robert R. Redfield (@CDCDirector) November 14, 2019
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."