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Superbug infections are rising but deaths have fallen, CDC says; Decline credited to effort in hospitals to control spread

Nov 14, 2019 - The Boston Globe

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Drug-resistant "superbug" infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable.

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NEW YORK — Drug-resistant "superbug" infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable.

So there's some surprising news in a report released Wednesday: US superbug deaths appear to be going down.

About 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017, down 18 percent from an estimated 44,000 in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated. The decline is mainly attributed to an intense effort in hospitals to control the spread of particularly dangerous infe...