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Obama directs federal agencies to ramp up efforts to deal with antibiotic resistance
The Washington Post

After years of warnings from the science and medical communities about the depletion of the world’s arsenal of effective antibiotics, President Obama directed federal agencies Thursday to significantly ramp up their efforts to deal with the threat.

The administration also released a national strategy with a five-year plan and called for a new presidential advisory council to make specific recommendations to the White House by February 2015.

Antibiotic resistance causes 2 million illnesses a year in the United States and 23,000 deaths, “and those are conservative estimates,” said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who joined administration officials in a conference call with reporters.

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