CDC Says Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Increasing
Published September 17th, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Centers for Disease Control is releasing new information about the threat antibiotic resistant bacteria poses to our health.
The CDC estimates this year more than 2 million people in the US will get an infection resistant to antibiotics, and more than 23,000 will die as a result.
Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections and don't work against common viral infections like those behind the common cold. Doctors say many people expect to get medicine if they're sick, and because of this antibiotics are often overprescribed. The CDC estimates up to half of antibiotic use in humans, and much of its use in animals, is unnecessary or inappropriate.
Doctors worry antibiotic resistance will eventually have an impact on more serious procedures like organ transplants and many cancer treatments which can only be performed safely with the use of antibiotics.
To prevent this problem from getting any worse, experts recommend preventing the spread of resistant bacteria with proper handwashing and sanitation.
For more information, visit the CDC's website.