CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report

With improved infection control, how many antibiotic-resistant related infections and deaths does CDC predict could be averted in 5 years?

Media Advisory

Embargoed Until: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 3:30 PM EST
Contact: CDC Media Relations


We’re at a tipping point: an increasing number of germs no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them. The latest CDC Vital Signs report includes mathematical modeling showing that the spread of drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) will increase without immediate improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing. The same modeling also shows that improved infection control and antibiotic prescribing could save 37,000 lives over five years.


Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Michael Bell, M.D., deputy director of CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)

John Jernigan, M.D., M.S., director of the Office of Prevention Research and Evaluation, DHQP, CDC


Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EST

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