Obama budget proposes new fight against superbugs

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is sounding an alarm about the growing threat of superbugs. It is proposing a jump in spending to fight antibiotic-resistant germs in hospitals.

Infections that can withstand some of the best antibiotics already are killing more than 23,000 Americans a year, and some bacteria are becoming resistant to drugs of last resort. That's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Tuesday's budget, the CDC is seeking $30 million to open specialized laboratories in five parts of the country to help local hospitals more quickly diagnose and combat drug-resistant infections.

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