Congress is in the final days of making decisions about this year’s federal budget. They need to hear from you that the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria must remain a national priority.
Each year, millions of people contract antibiotic-resistant infections, and at least 23,000 die. Meanwhile, it's been more than 30 years since a truly new type of antibiotic has been brought to market. As bacteria continue to evolve and become increasingly resistant to available antibiotics, simple infections could become deadly, and medical procedures that we take for granted, such as surgery and chemotherapy, could become too dangerous. The future of modern medicine depends on the availability of effective antibiotics and our ability to control infection. We are all at risk.
In recent years, Congress has recognized this issue as a national priority and provided bipartisan support for funding to fight antibiotic resistance, but this funding is now at risk. Deep cuts that the administration has proposed for a number of federal agencies—such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Agriculture—could limit our country’s ability to prevent, track, and treat increasingly dangerous superbug infections. For example, major cuts at CDC could make it harder to identify and monitor outbreaks of disease caused by resistant bacteria.
Please email your representatives in Congress today and urge them to maintain funding for the programs that fight antibiotic resistance and save American lives.