Antibiotic Resistance

Our goal is to combat antibiotic resistance and save lives.

We accelerate progress by focusing action towards targeted goals, such as reducing inappropriate antibiotic use in outpatient settings by 50% by 2020.

Each year in the United States, at least 2.8 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 35,000 people die. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria and fungi develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. Without continued action, antibiotic resistance threatens to wipe out our global progress in healthcare, food production, and life expectancy.

CDC works to detect and contain emerging antibiotic resistance, prevent infections across healthcare settings and in the community, improve antibiotic use across sectors, and drive awareness and understanding of this One Health issue.

Important strategies for combating antibiotic resistance include working with healthcare, community, and innovation partners across the country to use data for action, implementing evidence-based recommendations and continually innovating to address gaps in knowledge.

Important strategies for combating antibiotic resistance include working with public health and healthcare partners across the country to use data for action, implementing evidence-based recommendations, and continually innovating to address gaps in knowledge.

Page last reviewed: September 9, 2019