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Drug-resistant E. coli infections on the rise

E.coli is scary — and dangerous — on its own. But new research has found drug-resistant strains of the bacteria are becoming increasingly common.

The Duke University study analyzed patient records at 26 community hospitals in the U.S. and found that the rate of drug-resistant extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing E.coli infections doubled between 2009 and 2014. (There were 5.28 infections per 100,000 patients in 2009, but that number increased to 10.5 infections per 100,000 in 2014.)

Researchers specifically studied community hospitals, where more than half of patients in the U.S. receive care.

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