Actions to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance happens when germs like bacteria and fungi develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. That means the germs are not killed and continue to grow. Antimicrobial resistance has been found in every U.S. state and country. Addressing this threat requires continued aggressive action to:

  • Prevent infections in the first place
  • Improve antibiotic and antifungal use to slow the development of resistance
  • Stop the spread of resistance when it does develop

We all have a role to play, from travelers, animal owners, and care givers to patients and healthcare providers. Find out how you can help.