"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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March 21, 2014
- Worldwide, 780 million people live without safe drinking water and 2.5 billion live without basic sanitation, which are leading causes of diarrheal diseases. Diarrheal diseases account for 1 in 9 child deaths worldwide.
- Diarrhea prevention focused on safe water and improved hygiene and sanitation is cost effective: every $1 invested yields an average return of $25.50.
- You can learn more about global safe water efforts from CDC’s fact sheets, podcasts, and videos.
March 7, 2014
- Doctors in some hospitals prescribed up to 3 times as many antibiotics as doctors in similar areas of other hospitals, according to a newly released study of antibiotic prescribing practices in a sample of US hospitals, based on 2010 data.
- Reducing the use of high-risk antibiotics by 30% can lower C. difficile infections by 26%.
- State health departments can help hospitals develop antibiotic stewardship programs by facilitating the use of the CDC self-assessment checklist and an in-depth implementation tool.