|Description:||This 2014 image depicts Centers for Disease Control (CDC) microbiologist Kitty Anderson, as she was looking at a 96-well plate used for testing the ability of bacteria to grow in the presence of various antibiotics. At this point in her observations, Ms. Anderson was using a circular mirror in order to view the underside of the well plate.|
Every year, more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result, according to a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013, presents a first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs that have the most impact on human health. This report is also the first time that CDC has ranked these threats into categories of urgent, serious, and concerning.