In the 2019 AR Threats Report, the agency states that more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the United States each year and more than 35,000 people die as a result. The document lists the CDC's top 18 antibiotic-resistant pathogens and also includes 3 on the agency's "Watch List." The report excludes viruses and parasites, but does include bacteria and fungi (for this report, the agency uses "antibiotic" to describe antibacterial and antifungal drugs). The categories include urgent, serious and concerning threats, along with the watch list.
Drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Drug-resistant nontyphoidal Salmonella
Drug-resistant Salmonella serotype Typhi
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae
Erythromycin-resistant group A Streptococcus
Clindamycin-resistant group B Streptococcus
Azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus
Drug-resistant Mycoplasma genitalium
Drug-resistant Bordetella pertussis
"Whether it's the coronavirus or antibiotic-resistant bacteria or fungi, the people typically most at risk are those with a weak or suppressed immune system,"
Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark
(CSC). "This makes places like hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, nurseries and other facilities at greater risk of illnesses and infections. Infection control procedures in these places need to function at the highest level."
Offering assistance with these challenges are the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark. CSC provides environmental and infection control education, consulting and testing. Proactive education and prevention can reduce the frequency and severity of illnesses and outbreaks due to microbial pathogens. If an outbreak has already occurred, CSC is available to develop a quick and concise response to address both the anxieties and the tangible issues related to these events. As an educational resource, CSC also recently sponsored a video about the CDC's Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States - 2019 that can be seen here:
|CDCs Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States - 2019
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