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What reporters need to know about antibiotic resistance

Most antibiotic resistance cases have been associated with health care settings such as hospitals and nursing homes. Increasingly, however, there are cases of antibiotic-resistance – methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections or drug-resistant tuberculosis, for example – outside health care settings. These cases are hard to treat with existing antibiotics.

At least 2 million people in the U.S. contract an antibiotic-resistance bacterium annually and 23,000 die as a result. The threat has become so dire that in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announced for some patients, the medical community had reached a “post-antibiotic” era.

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