Regarding level of concern, CDC has — for the first time — prioritized bacteria in this report into one of three categories: urgent, serious, and concerning
The subtext here is monumental: the CDC is no fear monger, usually criticized for how slowly it reacts to disease. Qualifying, for the first time, categories of danger, each of which are “threats,” suggests that the problem at hand has reached near epidemic status. Without immediate, and lasting, steps, global health is at risk.
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