U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 2013
This report gives a first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs having the most impact on human health. The overriding purpose of this report is to increase awareness of the threat that antibiotic resistance poses and to encourage immediate action to address the threat. This document can serve as a reference for anyone looking for information about antibiotic resistance. Efforts to prevent such threats build on the foundation of proven public health strategies: immunization, infection control, protecting the food supply, antibiotic stewardship, and reducing person-to-person spread through screening, treatment and education.