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Is the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistance missing opportunities?

Antimicrobial resistance is a critically important impending public health crisis that not only threatens the treatment of infectious disease, but also the very foundations of modern health care from transplantation to cancer chemotherapy. Many types of surgeries and the health of immunocompromised patients, including those with diabetes, will be placed at risk if antibiotics are no longer able to prevent or treat infections. Even minor illnesses or injuries such as a scrape or paper cut become life-threatening in the absence of effective antibiotics.