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White House announces plan to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria
The Washington Post

The White House announced an aggressive plan Friday to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a mounting problem that causes an estimated 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths every year in the United States.

The plan lists specific goals to fight the spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes over the next five years. It outlines steps to prevent and contain antibiotic-resistant infections through better surveillance of “superbugs,” to maintain the effectiveness of current and new drugs, and to develop next-generation therapeutics. The much-anticipated plan is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to nearly double the amount of federal spending dedicated to combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Obama’s budget request calls for more than $1.2 billion to combat and prevent antibiotic resistance.