Sepsis

More Americans die from superbugs than previously estimated, CDC says

Antibiotic-resistant (AR) bacteria and fungi cause more than 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths annually in the U.S., according to new estimates posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a long-awaited report. But, while the overall numbers are "higher than previously estimated," the number of people dying from AR infections appears to be dropping.

The five most urgent out of 18 threats of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi pointed out in the CDC's report. Data: 2019 AR Threats Report; Images: CDC; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Chart: The mortality rate ranking for each state, by disease

Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017 data; Interactive: Lazaro Gamio/Axios