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Containing Unusual Resistance

More than 23,000 Americans die each year from infections caused by germs resistant to antibiotics.

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New nationwide testing in 2017 uncovered 221 instances of unusual resistance genes in “nightmare bacteria.”
New nationwide testing in 2017 uncovered 221 instances of unusual resistance genes in “nightmare bacteria.”

11% of screening tests, in people with no symptoms, found a hard-to-treat germ that spreads easily
11% of screening tests, in people with no symptoms, found a hard-to-treat germ that spreads easily.

The Containment Strategy keeps new threats from spreading. Launch at the first sign of unusual resistance.
The Containment Strategy keeps new threats from spreading. Launch at the first sign of unusual resistance.

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  • Page last reviewed: April 3, 2018
  • Page last updated: April 3, 2018
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