US warns of microbes resistant to antibiotics
WASHINGTON (AFP) - At least two million people per year in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and 23,000 die from those infections, a new study says.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said these numbers are only a conservative estimate. Among other reasons, they come only from infections reported in hospitals and do not address ones that occur in nursing homes and other health care facilities.
The numbers underline the importance of not overusing antibiotics.
In as many as half of the cases studied, antibiotic use was not necessary or was even inappropriate, such as in viral infections, for instance, the researchers said.