CONGRESSMAN LIEU COMMENDS POTUS ON PLAN TO COMBAT SUPERBUGS

March 27, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2015
CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | jack.dannibale@mail.house.gov | 202-330-1613

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) made the following statement in light of the White House’s release of a critical action plan to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Recent superbug outbreaks have occurred in Congressman Lieu’s district at Cedars-Sinai and UCLA Medical Centers and he has called for a Congressional hearing on the outbreaks.  Congressman Lieu is also concerned that reporting of superbug outbreaks / infections is at the discretion of the states.  Some states do not report outbreaks / infections. 

“I commend President Obama for taking action against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a grave threat to our nation and to the world.  A key part of any strategy to combat these bacteria is to understand the full extent of the problem.  I recently met with the CDC and there is currently no national uniform requirement on reporting incidents of superbug outbreaks and infections to the CDC.  In order to fully address the problem of superbugs, we must know where the problems exist.  That’s why I am working on legislation to provide reporting information to the CDC, regardless of the state or community where an outbreak or an infection occurs.”

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