The ‘post-antibiotic era’ is here: Drug-resistant superbugs sicken 2.8M and kill 35K each year

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Drug-resistant “superbugs” infect 2.8 million people and cause more than 35,000 deaths each year, underscoring the enormous public health threat of germs in what one official describes as a “post-antibiotic era,” according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

The report, which analyzes electronic health records and other data, shows an infection every 11 seconds and a death every 15 minutes on average from bugs that resist treatment from antibiotics. The CDC said there are nearly twice as many deaths from antibiotic-resistant infections compared to the agency’s 2013 report, which likely underestimated the numbers.

In a letter accompanying the report, CDC Director Robert Redfield urged the public to “stop referring to a coming post-antibiotic era – it’s already here,” with drug-resistant bugs in every U.S. state and around the globe.

“You and I are living in a time when some miracle drugs no longer perform miracles and families are being ripped apart by a microscopic enemy,” Redfield wrote.

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