Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. Since the 1940s, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. However, these drugs have been used so widely and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective.
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.
Protecting Yourself and Your FamilyLearn ways to avoid Drug Resistant infections when healthy, sick, or traveling.
Protecting the Food SupplyLearn the connection between resistant infections in humans and food-producing animals.
AR ISOLATE BANKPanels of resistant bacteria can be used to challenge diagnostic devices and new antibiotic agents.
Protecting Patients and Stopping OutbreaksLearn what healthcare providers can do to fight resistance.
Media & ResourcesNeed more information? Check out additional resistance resources from the Federal Government.
INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES TO COMBAT ARLearn about international efforts to stop resistance and protect antibiotics.
- Page last reviewed: January 5, 2017
- Page last updated: March 17, 2017
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