It's called the "Threat Report 2013" and it's not about terrorism. It's a medical report released by the CDC and the focus is deadly bacteria.
On Monday the CDC released its report saying, the overuse of antibiotics has caused three types of bacteria to become urgent threats to American's health.
This report is the first to put in order of immediate importance, the threats posed by germs and quantifies the toll of superbugs, saying they cause 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths each year.
CDC director Tom Frieden say, "It's not too late," for the nation to respond, rein in the infections and keep antibiotics working. We need to reserve them for when they are truly needed. "If we are not careful and we don't take urgent action, the medicine cabinet may be empty for patients with life-threatening infections in the coming months and years."
On the URGENT list:
1) Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), bacteria that cause 9,000 infections each year, nearly half of patients with CRE bloodstream infections die.
2) Drug-resistant gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease that is resistant to several antibiotics.
3) Clostridium difficile, "C-Diff," a serious diarrhea-causing infection that thrives when antibiotics are over-used, causing 250,000 infections and 14,000 deaths each year.
The "serious infection" list includes 11 kinds of drug-resistant bacteria, including two kids of streptococcus, and one fungus (Candida).
CDC says to stop the growing problem we need to "change the way antibiotics are used."
Health officials say we also need to stop the spread of infection by using vaccines, safe food handling, hand-washing and infection-control plans in hospitals and other health care settings.
Patients are also encouraged to question doctors about medicines prescribed for them and if they are necessary.