Extra funding sought to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

January 27, 2015 7:38 AM

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Extra funding sought to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

The Obama administration wants to double the amount of federal funding dedicated to combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a mounting problem that causes an estimated 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths annually in the United States.

President Obama will ask Congress for the $1.2 billion as part of his annual budget request, scheduled to be unveiled next week, White House officials said.

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