Rush, Cook County get federal funding to fight ‘superbugs’

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CHICAGO (AP) _ Federal health officials say about $10 million will go to Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Health and Hospitals System to help fight drug-resistant superbugs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday announced $26 million to support research at five “Prevention Epicenters” through 2020. The academic medical centers will study topics such as the best way to disinfect patients’ skin to prevent infections from spreading in hospitals.

Rush and Cook County’s funding includes $4.45 million to develop and test regional approaches for preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs between health care facilities.

The CDC made the announcement in Chicago at Rush University Medical Center. The federal public health agency estimates that antibiotic resistance causes 2 million serious infections and 23,000 deaths annually.