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White House declares war on drug-resistant superbugs
White House declares war on drug-resistant superbugs

The White House announced Thursday that it was mobilizing key federal agencies to combat a growing, global health threat -- bacteria that have evolved an immunity to powerful antibiotic drugs. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the United States each year, mostly in hospital and nursing home settings, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health advocates have long argued that over-use of antibiotics in the health and food industries has continued to make the problem worse. "It is not just a U.S. problem ... antibiotic misuse continues to be rampant around the world," said Dr. Jesse Goodman, director of the...