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03/03/2016 13:26 EST | Updated 03/04/2017 00:12 EST

CDC: Superbugs cause 1 in 7 infections caught in hospitals

NEW YORK — Health officials say supergerms cause 1 out of 7 infections caught in U.S. hospitals.

The bugs include the staph infection MRSA (MUR'-suh) and five other bacteria resistant to many kinds of antibiotics.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called Thursday for doctors and hospitals to be more careful in how they use antibiotics. Misuse allows the germs to develop resistance.

The CDC estimates that on any given day, 1 in 25 hospital patients has an infection they picked up after being admitted. The agency released the report Thursday.

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CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns

Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press