Congress: Protect Americans from antibiotic-resistant superbugs

We need your help in the fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Each year, millions of people contract antibiotic-resistant infections, and thousands die—yet it's been more than 30 years since a new type of antibiotic has been made available to patients. As bacteria evolve and become resistant to available antibiotics, common bacteria, such as those causing strep throat and urinary tract infections, are becoming increasingly difficult to treat.

To ensure that a world without antibiotics remains a thing of the past, the U.S. must be prepared for the dangerous superbugs that are emerging. Antibiotic resistance represents both a public health and a national security threat that demands an urgent response.

We must all work together—with urgency—to solve this problem and ensure that our level of preparedness matches the magnitude of the threat posed by increasingly resistant bacteria. We must invest now in research and development, and take action to preserve the effectiveness of existing antibiotics, to ensure that doctors and patients have access to antibiotics that work when they need them—today and for generations to come.

Congress has made it a priority to address this growing threat and provided bipartisan support for funding to fight antibiotic resistance in the past, but this funding must be strengthened to continue life-saving programs and research.

Raise your voice and share your support for continued U.S. efforts to combat antibiotic resistance through programs and policies that help track outbreaks of disease, prevent the spread of superbugs, and make sure the drugs we have stay effective, while researchers work to discover new types of antibiotics that are so desperately needed.
Subject: Ensure sustained federal funding to fight antibiotic resistance

Americans contend with more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections each year, and more than 35,000 die as a result. Now more than ever, Congress must strengthen funding for federal agencies to continue their programs that fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria and protect the health and security of American citizens.

These agencies' work is essential to the fight against superbugs. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks outbreaks of disease caused by resistant bacteria and supports stewardship efforts critical to preserving the effectiveness of existing antibiotics. The U.S. Department of Agriculture advances valuable research on antibiotic resistance in food animals and provides crucial training programs.

In recent years, Congress has recognized this issue as a public health priority and provided bipartisan support for funding. I urge you to ensure that federal agencies have sufficient resources to help protect the health of the American people by fighting antibiotic resistance.


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