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CDC categorizing antibiotic-resistant organisms by threat level

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The CDC is taking further steps to warn people about drug-resistant bacteria.

The institute is now categorizing antibiotic-resistant organisms by threat level.

That's because, in their conservative estimates, more than two-million people get antibiotic-resistant infections each year, and at least 23,000 die because current drugs no longer stop their infections.

The CDC is ranking the worst drug-resistant bacteria according to how many people get sick, the number of hospitalizations and the number of deaths caused by each.

They also took into account how many, if any, existing antibiotics still work on the bacteria.

Instead of red, orange or yellow the levels once used to describe terrorism threats, the CDC is using "urgent," "serious" and "concerning."

Topping the list as the most "urgent" threats are CRE bacteria which includes e-coli, a bacteria that can cause life-threatening diarrhea and neisseria gonorrhoeae. N Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a form of bacteria that causes gonorrhea.

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