It causes life-threatening diarrhea. Each year, the disease sends 250,000 people to the hospital and leads to 14,000 deaths. The bacteria are naturally resistant to many drugs and spread quickly.
Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is also considered an urgent threat. It causes infections that are resistant to nearly all antibiotics. Those include carbapenems, commonly considered a last resort.
A third urgent threat is drug-resistant
, which causes gonorrhea.
MRSA and drug-resistant tuberculosis are both considered to have a threat level of "serious."