In the US, one person dies every 15 minutes because of drug resistance.

Every 15 minutes, one person in the US dies because of an infection that antibiotics can no longer treat effectively.  That’s 35,000 deaths a year.   This striking estimate comes from a major new report, released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on the urgent problem of antibiotic resistance.

Although the report focuses on the US, this is a global crisis: 700,000 people around the world die of drug-resistant diseases each year. And if we don’t make a radical change now, that could rise to 10 million by 2050.

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