Over 23,000 people die of antibiotic-resistant drugs every year in the United States, a new CDC report says.
The glaring exposure was made in the latest report of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report says more than 2 million people get antibiotic-resistant infections every year, and around 23,000 die because current drugs no longer stop their infections.
Notably, for the first time the department has started categorizing antibiotic-resistant organisms by threat levels.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the estimates to underline the growing threat of germs that are hard to treat because they’ve become resistant to drugs.
Antibiotics are used to kill or suppress the bacteria behind illnesses ranging from strep throat to deadly diseases. These drugs are considered to be one of the greatest advances in the history of medicine and have saved countless lives. But with the passing time and advancement in the field of medicine some antibiotics grew ineffective and obsolete. Experts say their overuse and misuse have helped make them less effective.
“If we’re not careful, the medicine chest will be empty” when doctors need infection-fighting drugs, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said.