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Congress looks at the military's 'superbug' infections

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Thousands of wounded U.S. troops suffer "superbug" infections
  • Antibiotic-resistant infections can be fatal

Washington (CNN) -- A congressional committee asked the Pentagon to explain what it's doing to protect wounded American troops from drug-resistant infections after they leave the battlefield.

At least 3,300 U.S. service members evacuated from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan developed serious and potentially fatal antibiotic-resistant infections between 2004 and 2009, according to a government estimate.

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Armed Service Committee has called on the Army, Navy, Air Force and the secretary of defense Wednesday to describe the steps taken to monitor and control the "superbug" infection outbreaks.