35,000 people die from drug-resistant infections annually, CDC says

More than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur annually in the U.S., according to the CDC's 2019 Antibiotic Resistance Threats report published Nov. 13.

The report offers updated estimates on the incidence and mortality of drug-resistant infections from the agency's original findings in 2013.

The 2019 report estimates that more than 35,000 people die from drug-resistant infections every year. The CDC noted deaths linked to antibiotic resistance have decreased since 2013, when an estimated 44,000 occurred, which suggests that hospitals' prevention efforts are working.

However, the incidence of drug-resistant infections is still high. In 2017, about 223,900 people required hospitalization for Clostridioides difficile infections nationwide, and 12,800 cases were fatal.

To view the full report, click here.

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