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CDC Warns of Antibiotic Overuse in Hospitals
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Hospital physicians are putting their current and future patients in danger by overusing antibiotics, and they need to take steps now to prevent resistant bacterial strains, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials warned Tuesday.

According to a CDC survey, “about half of hospitalized patients got antibiotics during their stay.” But “given the many reasons patients need hospital care, that’s not particularly surprising,” agency director Tom Frieden, MD, said during a news conference.