The Uncounted

Off the Radar, part 1 of a year-plus investigation by Reuters, makes use of court records, news reports, patient advocacy organizations and web searches to reveal that the US is ignoring a worsening epidemic of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The Reuters team found that government agencies remain unwilling or unable to impose reporting requirements on a health care industry that often hides the problem; and surveillance carried out by states is thwarted by strong institutional resistance and laws shielding health care entities.

In fact, CDC estimates of deaths from drug-resistant infection—undermined by small sample sizes, old data and information from too few geographic areas—could be off by more than 30 percent, according to this riveting and unsettling investigation.

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