The Role of Diagnostic Tests in Antibiotic Resistance

Millions of Americans Develop Drug-Resistant Infections Each Year

Antibiotic resistance means that an antibiotic is no longer effective against the bacteria it is intended to treat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than two million people in the U.S. develop drug-resistant infections annually and at least 23,000 people die as a result.5

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The Importance of Diagnostic Tests in Fighting Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi, and each year millions of Americans are affected by them.1  Many infectious diseases have minor complications if diagnosed and treated appropriately. But left untreated, others—including pneumonia, tuberculosis, HIV and meningitis—can be life-threatening.2

Infectious diseases pose a greater challenge today than they did even two decades ago.