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Medical News & Perspectives
October 23/30, 2013

Report Reveals Scope of US Antibiotic Resistance Threat

JAMA. 2013;310(16):1661-1663. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280695

The growing threat of antibiotic resistance is well known to US clinicians, but until now, the true scope of the problem has been unclear. A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides some clarity, noting that every year, more than 2 million people in the United States become infected with organisms that are resistant to antibiotics, leading to considerable disability, death, and economic cost.

Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013, presents the first snapshot of dangers posed by antibiotic-resistant organisms in the United States, categorizing these hazards as urgent, serious, or concerning (http://1.usa.gov/19xkGB3).