CDC Landmark Report on Antibiotic Resistance

In an effort to raise awareness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013.”  the first report on antibiotic resistance and potential consequences of inaction. The threats are categorized as urgent, serious, and concerning. The report was written to be accessible to clinicians, consumers, and policymaker and includes technical information, references, and web links. This report covers bacteria causing severe human infections and the antibiotics used to treat those infections. Infections caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) are also included in this report; although C. difficile infections are not yet significantly resistant to the drugs used to treat them, most are directly related to antibiotic use and thousands of Americans are affected each year.

Included in the report are summaries of each of the bacteria, how to manage infections, and implications for public health. They also highlight the similarities and differences among the many different types of infections.  Antibiotic resistance undermines the ability to treat people with infectious complications in patients with other diseases. Among the individuals at highest risk are those undergoing cancer treatment and joint replacements.

For more information on drug resistance, visit CDC’s page Antibiotic/Antimicrobial