New White House Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Today, the White House announced a new Executive Order and National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (National Strategy) to address recommendations identified by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. As a leader in monitoring and preventing the spread of resistant infections, CDC will leverage its expertise and build on core strengths to:
- Slow the development of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections.
- Strengthen National One-Health surveillance efforts to combat resistance.
- Advance development and use of rapid and innovative diagnostic tests for identification and characterization of resistant bacteria.
- Improve international collaboration and capacities for antibiotic resistance prevention, surveillance, control, and antibiotic research and development.
3 Things to Know
- This year alone, at least two million Americans will become sickened by antibiotic resistant infections, and 23,000 Americans will die.
- Antibiotic resistance costs the U.S. over $20 billion in healthcare expenses each year.
- These important plans are part of a request for $30 million for CDC’s Detect and Protect Initiative and $14 million of the National Healthcare Safety Network to ramp up this fight. These strategies and the funds needed to implement them are a down-payment to improve the nation’s ability to tackle the biggest drug-resistant threats.
- Read Dr. Frieden’s Blog
- Learn about CDC’s new Antibiotic Resistance Regional Lab Network and a Resistant Bacteria Bank to speed outbreak detection and provide a tool to aid development of new antibiotics and diagnostics – part of CDC’s Detect and Protect Initiative.
- Access CDC’s National Strategy Website
- Medscape video interview with Dr. Frieden
- Learn about appropriate use of antibiotics with CDC’s Get Smart: Know when Antibiotics Work campaign.
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