C. diff causes life-threatening diarrhea. Each year, it’s responsible for 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths. The bacteria are naturally resistant to many drugs and spread quickly. A stronger strain emerged in the year 2000, and deaths related to the bacteria increased 400% between 2000 and 2007, partly because of it.
Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria 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.”