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White House Forum Addresses U.S.-Based Efforts To Prevent Antibiotic Resistance

CQ News: White House Antibiotics Forum to Address Risks of Modern Medicine
“The White House on Tuesday held a wide-ranging forum on drug-resistant bacteria, the latest step in a global effort to tackle a growing problem — one that causes 23,000 deaths in the United States alone and has doctors warning of a catastrophic ‘post-antibiotic’ era…” (Gustin, 6/2).

Washington Post: White House opens ‘superbug’ summit, orders federal cafeterias to use meat raised with ‘responsible antibiotic use’
“…Tuesday’s event follows the White House plan announced in March to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a mounting problem that causes an estimated two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths every year in the United States. That plan outlined specific goals to fight the spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes over the next five years. They include steps to prevent and contain antibiotic-resistant infections through better surveillance of ‘superbugs’ in hospitals and other health care settings, to maintain the effectiveness of current and new drugs, and to develop next-generation therapeutics…” (Sun, 6/2).

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