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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CDC: Hospitals Are Major Source Of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

A scanning electron micrograph of Clostridium difficile, bacteria that the CDC's new report on antibiotic resistant bacteria calls an "urgent threat." (CDC via Wikipedia)

A scanning electron micrograph of Clostridium difficile, bacteria that the CDC’s new report on antibiotic resistant bacteria calls an “urgent” public health threat. (CDC via Wikipedia)

The Centers for Disease Control has released a new report detailing the sources of drug-resistant bacteria.

Though many suspect that large farms would be the biggest source, hospitals are a huge contributor to the problem.

The CDC describes the threat from drug resistant bacteria as “potentially catastrophic” if it is not addressed.

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