The US Leads the Fight Against Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

Last modified: January 26, 2021

There’s no new exotic health hazard in the US (or even in other parts of the world), yet many healthcare experts are honing their fighting tools against one of the greatest threats to public health — antibiotic resistance. 

The first AR Threats Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent people into a state of panic when it highlighted the 18 most dangerous fungi and bacteria that were resistant to antibiotics in the US. The report encouraged world leaders and policymakers to set off multinational efforts and also urged the US to fight against antibiotic resistance. 

Six years later, the fight against antibiotic-resistant infections continues, especially now that the latest AR Threats Report for CDC was released. According to this new report, germs that defeat the antibiotics designed to kill them account for over 35,000 deaths every year in the US alone. 

The data about antibiotic resistance is limited. Still, it’s clear the health issue is a reason for concern not just in the US but also in other countries. Microbes that are resistant to antibiotics can quickly spread from one person to another, and eventually, one country to another, leading to untreatable infections. But, then again, if there was a way to address or resolve antibiotic resistance, it would probably increase health security on a local, national, and global level. 

Both the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services continue to lead the US in the fight against antibiotic resistance through a 3-point strategy — detection, prevention, and innovation. They also have data showing that their efforts saved lives; a recent report says that there was an 18% reduction in the number of deaths caused by antibiotic resistance. 

Despite this, challenges remain; new threats related to antibiotic resistance are constantly emerging. Now, antibiotic resistance is considered an imminent threat in the US and across the globe. Even though rapid responses to certain fungi were effective in several places, this is no excuse for Americans to sit out the current health issue.   

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