A Guide to Antibiotic Resistance
What Is Antibiotic Resistance?
The Effects of Antibiotic Resistance
- As many as 35,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections.
- Older Americans are especially affected by antibiotic resistance, with individuals over the age of 65 accounting for nearly 12,000 deaths in the United States in 2017.
- In the next 30 years, antibiotic-resistant infections are expected to overtake cancer as the leading cause of death worldwide.
- The annual costs of antibiotic-resistant infections in the United States range as high as $20 billion in direct health care costs.
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