Antibiotic-resistant infections are steadily spreading and could soon eclipse all other major global health challenges—but there’s still time to turn the tide, blogs Beth P. Bell, director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the CDC.
Antibiotic resistance creates costly, untreatable infections, and undermines progress in other arenas, as drug-resistant TB, gonorrhea, and other infections. It also threatens antiretroviral therapies for people with HIV/AIDS.
Bell’s recommendations include boosting laboratory infrastructure and rapid diagnostics; developing national tracking programs to collect data, collaborative global antibiotic stewardship programs, and infection control programs; and improving hygiene and infection control practices in health care settings.
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