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Overusing Antibiotics May Make Fixable Problems Incurable, CDC Warns

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:51:38 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While many people worry about deadly headline diseases like MERS and Ebola, Americans are ignoring an everyday threat that could be far more deadly. 

Overusing antibiotics may make fixable problems incurable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Antibiotics are being used for a "quick fix" to cure everything from a cold to an earache, says CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden.

Frieden is urging the government to invest in better antibiotic monitoring and control to make sure the drugs work when patients really need them.

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