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Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013

This report, Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013 gives a first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs having the most impact on human health. 

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.

Antibiotic-resistant infections can happen anywhere. Data show that most happen in the general community; however, most deaths related to antibiotic resistance happen in healthcare settings such as hospitals and nursing homes.


What's in the Report

Foreword [page 5]

Executive Summary [page 6]

Section 1: The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance [page 11]

Section 2: Fighting Back Against Antibiotic Resistance [page 31]

Four Core Actions to Prevent Antibiotic Resistance [page 31]

  1. Preventing Infections, Preventing the Spread of Resistance [page 32]
  2. Tracking Resistance Patterns [page 39]
  3. Antibiotic Stewardship: Improving Prescribing, Improving Use [page 41]
  4. Developing New Antibiotics and Diagnostic Tests [page 44]

Section 3: Current Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States,
by Microorganism
page 49]

Microorganisms with a Threat Level of Urgent

Microorganisms with a Threat Level of Serious

Microorganisms with a Threat Level of Concerning

Technical Appendix [page 93]

Glossary [page 107]

Acknowledgements [page 112]