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Antibiotic resistance (ABR) in health-care environments is a hot topic, garnering considerable media coverage. Public attention has focused on a diversity of issues related to ABR, from the development of superbugs like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to speculation about the overuse of biocides like triclosan in hand soaps. A report published in 2000 by the World Health Organization (WHO) identified ABR as one of the most critical human health challenges of the 21st century. The report observed that more than two million Americans are infected each year with resistant pathogens and 14,000 die as a result.