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U.S. Is Lagging in Effort to Control Superbugs

New Online Map Rates Countries on Level of Antibiotic Resistance to Infections

Infection Trouble Spots continued...

Though the map illuminates where the problem is most prevalent, Braykov says that it does not help explain what accounts for the differences between countries. He says that certain countries have put more effort into dealing with the problem. But it's quite possible that the high rates in the U.S. and other countries may be due, at least in part, to a particularly tough strain of infection found in those countries and not others.

The purpose of the map, says Braykov, was not to determine cause and effect. Instead, it was to highlight the problem both for health officials and the public.

"The maps are a call for attention, a call for action," says Braykov. "These infections are a burden on the health care system in general, and the maps show a troubling signal of things to come."

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