The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, in the US


President Barack Obama’s budget calls for an additional $1.2 billion to be spent in the effort. Drug-resistant bacteria are responsible for some two million illnesses annually in the U.S. alone, and more than 23,000 deaths. The White House plan proposes to eliminate a farming practice whereby antibiotics are given to cows, chickens and other food animals to help them gain weight faster because this overuse has greatly contributed to drug resistance in humans. The major goal of this plan is to lives. To make the institutional systems work together the Secretary of Health and Human Services established the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council).


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