Congress : Protect Americans from Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs
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We need your help in the fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
Each year, millions of people become sick with infections that are resistant to the life-saving antibiotics that transformed modern medicine, and thousands die. Yet it's been more than 30 years since scientists have been able to make a new type of antibiotic available to patients. As bacteria evolve and become resistant to the antibiotics we have left, common bacteria, such as those causing strep throat and foodborne illness, are becoming increasingly difficult to treat, and it affects us all.
To combat this rising tide of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and ensure that a world without antibiotics remains a thing of the past, our level of preparedness must match the magnitude of the threat. We must invest now in scientific research and drug development, and take action to protect existing antibiotics so that doctors and patients will have access to antibiotics that work when they need them – today and for our children and grandchildren in the generations to come.
Congress needs to know that you care about this growing threat and the need for additional funding to expand medical research and fight antibiotic resistance.
Raise your voice and share your support for continued U.S. efforts to combat antibiotic resistance, while researchers work to discover new types of antibiotics that are so desperately needed.
The fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria needs to continue at full force. Lives are at stake, and it’s essential that our level of preparedness match the magnitude of the growing threat posed by increasingly resistant superbugs. Yet, budget cuts such as those proposed earlier this year by the Administration would significantly undermine programs that are critical to fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria and protecting the health and security of American citizens.
In recent years, Congress has recognized this issue as a public health priority and provided bipartisan support for funding to fight antibiotic-resistant infections. Federal agencies’ ability to continue operating key programs that combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance depends on this ongoing commitment. Deep reductions to agency budgets as a whole would severely limit their ability to fight superbugs. For example, proposed cuts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would make it very difficult to track outbreaks of disease caused by resistant bacteria and to support stewardship efforts critical to preserving the effectiveness of existing antibiotics in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Superbugs know no boundaries, and I urge you to ensure that federal agencies have sufficient resources to help protect the health of the American people by fighting antibiotic resistance.