Consumer Reports: The Rapid Increase in “Superbugs” is the Health Crisis of This Generation

June 25, 2015

Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Are A Major Threat

Lisa Gill, Deputy Health Editor for Consumer Reports


(Yonkers, NY, Thursday, June 25, 2015) Consumer Reports is calling the rapid increase in “superbugs” the health crisis of this generation. Antibiotics have saved millions of lives—but years of inaction to curb their overuse and misuse by physicians, dentists, patients, and farmers has created untreatable superbugs that are spreading and growing stronger.

Lisa Gill, deputy health editor for Consumer Reports, says the consequences are dire. 

SOUNDBITE #1:

ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT SUPERBUGS ARE A MAJOR THREAT TO THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.  THE PROBLEM IS FIXABLE, BUT WE MUST ACT QUICKLY AND WORK TOGETHER TO CHANGE OUR BEHAVIORS IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THESE LIFE-SAVING DRUGS.

SOUNDBITE #2:

SUPERBUGS AND OTHER ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT INFECTIONS WERE ONCE ONLY SEEN IN HOSPITALS, BUT NOW THEY’VE SPREAD TO PEOPLE IN THE WIDER COMMUNITY, INFECTING AT LEAST TWO MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES EACH YEAR, AND KILLING AT LEAST TWENTY-THREE THOUSAND. ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IS AN URGENT MATTER.

For what you can do, visit ConsumerReports.org/superbugs — or on twitter at #SlamSuperbugs.

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