Raise Awareness of Responsible Antibiotic Use
Antibiotic resistance – when bacteria stop responding to the drugs designed to kill them – is possibly the single most important public health problem we face today. Illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics are becoming more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat. Learn more about Get Smart Week and share resources on responsible antibiotic use with your friends and family.
Antibiotic Resistance and Food Safety
Antibiotic resistance can spread between people, from the environment and from food. You can reduce the chance of getting a resistant bacterial infection by taking steps to handle and prepare food safely. Learn more about Antibiotic Resistance and Food Safety.
Check out our infographic to see how antibiotic resistance can spread through the food chain to people.
Learn more about how antibiotic use in food animals affects people and what CDC is doing to prevent antibiotic resistant infections on our website.
Use Antibiotics Responsibly in Pets, Too!
Don’t forget – responsible use of antibiotics is critically important regardless of species. Proper antibiotic prescribing and use in humans and animals is essential to preserving the power of antibiotics.
Check out the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) resources on antibiotic stewardship for your animal companions.
20 Years of Tracking Resistance Trends
The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, or NARMS, tracks antimicrobial resistance in foodborne and other intestinal bacteria. Through this U.S. public health surveillance system, experts monitor antibiotic resistance rates and study changes in antibiotic resistance patterns among several bacteria transmitted commonly through food. Studies using NARMS data increase our understanding of antibiotic resistance, which resistant bacteria are making people sick, and which groups are at risk and why.
Learn more about NARMS and the important role that surveillance plays in combatting antibiotic resistance.
Check out this infographic to learn more about how NARMS has informed policies and regulations that keep our food safe.
Read this blog from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to learn more about how CDC, FDA and USDA have worked together over the last two decades to combat antibiotic resistance.
Join the Global #AntibioticResistance Twitter Chat this Friday!
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control will host an all-day global Twitter chat on Friday, November 18, using the hashtag #AntibioticResistance.
Join CDC from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST on Friday; from noon to 12:30 p.m. the chat will focus on antibiotic resistance and use in farms and animals.
We hope that you will take part in this important conversation with antibiotic resistance partners and experts worldwide, including CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.
Follow @CDCgov and join the chat by using #AntibioticResistance.