U.S. deaths from antibiotic resistant ‘superbugs’ rose 15% in 2020

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By Manas Mishra (Reuters) – U.S. deaths from bacteria resistant to antibiotics, also known as ‘superbugs’, jumped 15% in 2020 as the drugs were widely dispensed to treat COVID-19 and fight off bacterial infections during long hospitalizations, enabling the bugs to evolve, a U.S. government report said on Tuesday. Hospital-acquired bacterial infections also rose more than 15% in 2020 from 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. The CDC said that more than 29,400 people died from antimicrobial-resistant infections during the first year of the pandemic and that of th…

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