CDC: Someone in the U.S. dies of a drug-resistant superbug every 15 minutes

December 3, 2019

 Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies of a superbug according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That’s about 35,000 deaths each year from drug-resistant infections, according to an article on the KFOR website.

The report put five superbugs on the "urgent threat" list — two more germs than were on the list in 2013. The two new ones are carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter and Candida auris.

The report also notes that while superbug infections in hospitals are down, some infections caught elsewhere — anywhere in the community — have increased.

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