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Senators Want More Resources for Antibiotic Resistance

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), are calling on the administration to double the funding for the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) by requesting $15 million in its FY ’16 budget. NARMS tracks antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens.

The senators said in a letter to President Obama, “NARMS collects samples of bacteria from animals, meat and poultry products, and human cases of foodborne illness and analyzes them for trends in antibiotic resistance. This important data allows the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture to accelerate their response to emerging public health threats.” NARMS was funded at $7.8 million in FY ’14.

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