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Eurosurveillance, Volume 18, Issue 38, 19 September 2013
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CDC publishes report on antibiotic resistance threats in the United States for the first time
  1. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden

Citation style for this article: Eurosurveillance editorial team. CDC publishes report on antibiotic resistance threats in the United States for the first time. Euro Surveill. 2013;18(38):pii=20588. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20588

To raise awareness of the burden and threats posed by antibiotic resistance and to encourage immediate action, the United States (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its first ever report on antibiotic resistance threats in the US – Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013 [1].

Antimicrobial resistance represents a serious threat to public health and patient safety and is a worldwide problem. This report is aimed at a wide audience including health professionals and policy makers, as well as the general public.

Section 1 of the report describes the context and provides an overview of antimicrobial resistance in the US. Section 2 describes the four core actions to fight antibiotic resistance: preventing infections and the spread of resistance, tracking resistance patterns, antibiotic stewardship (improving prescribing and improving use) and developing new antibiotics and diagnostic tests. Section 3 provides a summary for each resistant bacterium considered as a threat for the US and further describes antibiotic resistance, the burden of disease and actions to fight the spread of resistance.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published a comment on the ECDC website with background information on the situation in Europe and links to relevant publications [2].


References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013. Atlanta: CDC; 2013. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/pdf/ar-threats-2013-508.pdf
  2. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). US CDC report on antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013. Stockholm: ECDC. 18 Sep 2013. Available from: http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/activities/sciadvice/_layouts/forms/Review_DispForm.aspx?List=a3216f4c-f040-4f51-9f77-a96046dbfd72&ID=752&RootFolder=%2Fen%2Factivities%2Fsciadvice%2FLists%2FECDC%20Reviews&Web=0be238ef-4498-4962-8826-2e082a1f1639


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