Superbug Death Toll May Be Higher than CDC Estimates

February 27, 2019 | Strategic Insights for Health System


The death toll from drug-resistant superbugs may be higher than estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a February 11, 2019, article from the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP). The most frequently cited number from the CDC for deaths related to antibiotic resistance is 23,000 per year, CIDRAP says, but the CDC (quoted by CIDRAP) notes its numbers are "based on conservative assumptions and are likely minimum estimates." Furthermore, CIDRAP says, the best sources of data available when CDC made its estimates in 2013 may have revealed "only part of the problem."

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