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Administration’s budget to increase antibiotic funding

Article-Administration’s budget to increase antibiotic funding

The administration’s budget for fiscal year ’16 proposes doubling the funding to combat the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The White House said that “antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing public health issues facing the world today.” The estimated $1.2 billion request is to be used to speed development of antibiotics and diagnostic tools, improve surveillance for “superbugs,” and increase prevention of the spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes in hospitals and other health-care settings.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will receive an additional $77 million in funding to help develop alternatives to the antibiotics used in livestock production, including improved management and animal care practices and tools. 

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