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What reporters need to know about antibiotic resistance

At the end of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its data on just how big a threat antibiotic resistance is to modern medicine.

Using electronic health record data, and hospitals’ reporting data, the agency now says at least 2.8 million people in the U.S. contract an antimicrobial-resistant pathogen, with at least 35,000 dying annually as a result.

The threat has become so dire, that for some patients, the medical community has reached a “post-antibiotic” era, the CDC says.

For reporters covering this topic, here is some background on antibiotic resistance, as well as a source list for your reporting.

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