CDC takes a One Health Approach to Combat Antibiotic Resistance
New resources to improve antibiotic prescribing and use, and combat antibiotic resistance
This week, CDC observed U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, a national effort to help fight antibiotic resistance and improve antibiotic prescribing and use. Antibiotics save lives, but any time antibiotics are used in people or animals, they can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance.
As part of the awareness week, CDC released several new resources, including:
- A new video about antibiotic resistance and food. CDC estimates that more than 400,000 U.S. residents become ill with infections caused by antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria every year. People who are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria may experience more severe illness, including hospitalization and death, because these infections can be harder to treat.
- A new video on CDC’s role in the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), which helps protect public health by providing information about emerging resistance threats, how resistance spreads, and how resistant infections differ from other infections.
- A new webpage encouraging pet owners and veterinary professionals to use antibiotics wisely in pets. Antibiotics are necessary to protect the health of people and animals, including pets.
CDC works daily to raise awareness about the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use to prevent antibiotic resistance. We all have a role to play, and together we can make a difference.
To learn more, visit:
- Be Antibiotics Aware
- National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System
- Video: Twenty Years of Tracking Antibiotic Resistance, CDC’s Role in NARMS
- Video: Antibiotic Resistance and Food
- CDC Feature Story: Antibiotic Resistance and Food
- Pets and Antibiotic Resistance
- CDC’s One Health Website
- CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Website