Obama proposes sharp increase to fight drug-resistant bacteria

January 27, 2015 7:36 PM

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Obama proposes sharp increase to fight drug-resistant bacteria

Obama will call for some $1.2 billion in the fiscal 2016 budget to fund research and training programs to deflect so-called superbugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at least two million people are infected with drug-resistant bacteria a year and up to 23,000 die as a result of the infections.

"Antibiotic-resistant infections can happen anywhere," the CDC said. "Data show that most happen in the general community; however, most deaths related to antibiotic resistance happen in healthcare settings such as hospitals and nursing homes."

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