With Superbugs, Expect the Unexpected

An antibiotic-resistant infection kills someone every 15 minutes in the US—and deadly superbugs are an even bigger threat than US officials thought in 2013, according to the CDC's latest report.

The good news: Based on updated data sources, the report found that AMR-related deaths are actually down since 2013. Hospitals have gotten better at preventing infections and deploying antibiotics, CIDRAP reports.  

Still, the CDC counted 2.8 million antibiotic resistant infections a year, killing 35,000 people.

The takeaway, according to Helen Boucher of Tufts Medical Center: “... prepare for the kind of resistance that we could never predict. We know from history that bacteria and Mother Nature are smarter than we are,” The Washington Post reports.

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