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Sept 24th: CDC releases report on antibiotic resistance threats

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new report on the burden and threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs and strategies to address the issue. CDC estimates that more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result. CDC has identified four core actions to combat the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, with improving infection prevention and control practices listed as the first target area. The report says “Preventing infections from developing reduces the amount of antibiotics used. This reduction in antibiotic use, in turn, slows the pace of antibiotic resistance. Preventing infections also prevents the spread of resistant bacteria. To read the document follow the link: http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/