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Superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling in the U.S.

Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable.

So there’s some surprising news in a federal report released Wednesday: U.S. superbug deaths appear to be going down.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated about 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017, down 18% from an estimated 44,000 in 2013. The decline is mainly attributed to an intense effort in hospitals to control the spread of particularly dangerous infections.

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