|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 had positioned the well plate directly beneath an incandescent light bulb, placing the plate in a brightly-lit environment in order to most-accurately identify any observable aberrant findings in the plate’s well contents.|
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.