February 4, 2015

President’s 2016 budget proposes historic investment to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria to protect public health

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing public health issues facing the world today.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States alone.  Antibiotic resistance limits our ability to quickly and reliably treat bacterial infections, and the rise of resistance could hamper our ability to perform a range of modern medical procedures from joint replacements to organ transplants, the safety of which depends on our ability to treat bacterial infections that can arise as post-surgical complications.
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