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Antimicrobial Resistance Exploded in COVID’s Wake, CDC Reports

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CDC reported on Tuesday, noting that such difficult-to-kill infections rose by 15 percent from 2019 to 2020.CDC data indicates a shocking rise in drug-resistant infections among people hospitalized during COVID’s first year, with pathogens like Enterococcus and Staphylococcus aureus making dangerous gains.

The bacteria Acinetobacter saw a 78 percent increase in infections resistant to the antibiotic Carbapenem.More than 29,400 people died in 2020 from antimicrobial-resistant infections commonly associated with health care.“This setback can and must be temporary,” said Michael Craig, MPP, Director of CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Coordination & Strategy Unit, in a statement. “The COVID-19 pandemic has unmistakably shown us that antimicrobial resistance will not stop if we let down our guard; there is no time to waste.

The best way to avert a pandemic caused by an antimicrobial-resistant pathogen is to identify gaps and invest in prevention to keep our nation safe.”Infections resistant to antifungal treatment also rose significantly in 2020 — 60 percent, according to CDC data.

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