CNN coverage of the CDC Antibiotic Resistance Report of 2019

Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies of a superbug that has learned to outsmart even our most sophisticated antibiotics, 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 the landmark report.
The report places five drug-resistant superbugs on the CDC’s “urgent threat” list — two more germs than were on the CDC’s list in 2013, the last time the agency issued a report on antibiotic resistance.

CDC top five Urgent Threat  superbugs
Clostridioides difficile  ( C.diff )
Carbanapem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae  ( CRE )
Drug resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Carbanapem-resistant Acinetobacter
Candida auris

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, points out that whether it’s overuse in humans or animals, since antibiotic resistance is largely a man-made problem, it requires man-made solutions.
“We are the problem. We have seen the enemy, and it is us,” he said.
But Fauci added that if doctors, patients and public health officials work together, it will be possible to stem the tide of antibiotic resistant infections.
“I think we can. I really do,” he said. “But it’s going to require a global, concerted effort.”

[ Read more -> Elizabeth Cohen and Nadia Kounang | CNN ]