Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on November 13, 2019 their report Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2019, showing that antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi cause more than 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths in the United States each year. This is striking, indicating that on average, someone in the US gets an antibiotic-resistant infection every 11 seconds, and that every 15 minutes someone dies from one. Check out the coverage on Twitter by following #CDCARThreats.
Nevertheless, data from the new report show progress in fighting these infections. Since 2013, prevention efforts have reduced deaths from antibiotic-resistant infections by 18% overall and by nearly 30% in hospitals. Rapid detection and prevention strategies in communities have helped protect people from two community-associated germs: vaccines have helped reduce infections from Streptococcus pneumoniae in many at-risk groups, and the cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in the United States remain stable due to effective TB control strategies.
However, CDC is concerned about antibiotic-resistant infections that are on the rise including:
- More than half a million resistant gonorrhea infections occur each year, which is twice as many as reported in 2013. Gonorrhea-causing bacteria have developed resistance to all but one class of antibiotics, and half of all infections are resistant to at least one antibiotic.
- Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae are one of the leading causes of death from resistant germs. They make urinary tract infections harder to treat, especially in women, and could undo progress made in hospitals if allowed to spread there.
- Erythromycin-resistant group A Streptococcus infections have quadrupled since the 2013 report. If resistance continues to grow, infections and deaths could rise.
This new data show that continued vigilance is needed to maintain the progress seen thus far. Further preventing infections and stopping the spread of germs will save more lives.
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CDC (2019). Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2019. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC.