The Fight Against Antibiotic-Resistant Germs

Bacteria that can’t be controlled or killed by antibiotics pose a growing threat: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 2 million Americans become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and at least 23,000 die.

The CDC, which funds programs across the country that work to prevent drug-resistant infections, gave $6.7 million to California health departments for fiscal year 2017.

As part of that investment, the state received $900,000 for its Emerging Infections Program, which collects and analyzes data on patients, health care facilities and labs to track resistant infections. California is among 10 participating states.

The state’s health agencies also received funding for rapid detection of and response to emerging drug-resistant germs; infection control in hospitals; rapid identification of drug-resistant foodborne bacteria; and testing of resistant gonorrhea.