"When the program was first announced, we didn't know where to start. Monitoring bacteria in a nation of 320 million people isn't an easy task. We spent months creating plans, holding meetings, reaching out to federal and regional labs, and beginning new research to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics," said Sanjay Patel, a medical researcher from HHS.
This morning, they reported success. They detected and isolated the first case of E. Coli where antibiotics weren't effective in treatment. The patient was a 49 year old woman in Pennsylvania, who after detection, was treated in an outpatient medical center.
"Everyone in the office was in great mood today. People brought in food and drinks we took a few minutes just to reflect on how far we have come in just a year. This level of coordination and effectiveness puts to shame the cliche that federal employees are lazy and incompetent."
"That was of course until CNN released the story "Drug-resistant superbug hits U.S." within hours of our press release which was orginally titled "Proactive Efforts by U.S. Federal Agencies Enable Early Detection of New Antibiotic Resistance." How is that fair to us? They completely twisted a breakthrough into an imminent threat to public health. CNN also casually added that infections may have a 50% death rate. That's literally more than cancer."
Being one of the most popular news websites in the United States and the world, CNN has a significant impact on public perception of current events. This hasn't led to financial success. In the past years, the network has had to deal with declining TV viewership which provides majority of it's advertising-driven revenue. They have cut roughly 10% of their staff and are focusing on their web presence. In addition to their website, cnn.com, they also have a Twitter account, @CNN, for the latest news such as Khloe Kardashian filing for divorce, $45,000 luggage, and the world's most handsome horse.