By: Christian John Lillis
On November 13th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its second Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States (AR Threats Report). The report provides new national estimates of deaths and infections caused by antibiotic-resistant germs, and categorizes the top resistant germs based on level of concern to human health. More people in the United States are dying from antibiotic-resistant infections than previously estimated. Without more action, significant progress since 2013 could be lost.
CNN Health featured Peggy’s story as a powerful example of the dangerous threats including in the report. C. difficile is one of the reports Top 5 Urgent Threats. Watch the story with report Elizabeth Cohen below:
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi cause more than 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths in the United States each year. That means, on average, someone in the United States gets an antibiotic-resistant infection every 11 seconds and every 15 minutes someone dies. When Clostridioides difficile, bacteria associated with antibiotic use, is included, the U.S. toll of all the threats in the report exceeds 3 million infections and 48,000 deaths.