Following the money: CDC invests to fight antibiotic resistance

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As antibiotic-resistant ailments begin to grow in the United States, the CDC gears up for a fight.

Congress gave the CDC $160 million in fiscal year 2016 to fight antibiotic resistance, and the federal agency gave most of that money to support state and local health departments, universities and healthcare partners, and laboratories in the fight.

Money invested in these states can go toward numerous projects and programs, including:

• Healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic resistance detection and response programs
• HAI/AR prevention programs
• Food safety
• Antibiotic stewardship education and prevention programs
• Gonorrhea rapid detection and response

Below are the 10 states that received the largest investments from the CDC to combat antibiotic resistance and a breakdown of how the funds were allocated.

1. Illinois — $12.15 million
State health departments, including Chicago funds — $2,111,434
Universities and healthcare partners — $10,037,397

2. North Carolina — $9.78 million
State health departments — $1,608,340
Universities and healthcare partners — $8,180,691

3. Pennsylvania — $8.58 million
State health departments, including Philadelphia funds — $1,749,677
Universities and healthcare partners — $6,831,333

4. Massachusetts — $7.97 million
State health departments — $1,423,398
Universities and healthcare partners — $6,548,455

5. New York — S7.09 million
State health departments, including New York City funds — $6,215,696
Universities and healthcare partners — $871,995

6. California — $7.06 million
State health departments, including Los Angeles County funds — $5,055,350
Universities and healthcare partners — $2,008,763

7. Missouri — $6.99 million
State health departments — $437,155
Universities and healthcare partners — $6,555,885

8. Georgia — $3.63 million
State health departments — $2,958,358
Universities and healthcare partners — $679,314

9. Texas —3.71 million
State health departments, including Houston funds — $3,360,497
Universities and healthcare partners — $350,874

10. Wisconsin — $3.6 million
State health departments — $3,620,136

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