Obama Seeks to Double Funding to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

March 28, 2015 12:01 PM

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Obama Seeks to Double Funding to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

President Barack Obama on Friday urged Congress to double the funding to confront the danger of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, calling it a major public health issue that, if left unchecked, would "cause tens of thousands of deaths, millions of illnesses."

The administration also issued a new plan for attacking the problem, part of a national strategy that Obama laid out in an executive order in September. The plan calls for improved surveillance of outbreaks, better diagnostic tests and new research on alternative drugs. It also urges government agen...

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