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CDC Unveils Antibiotics Tracking Tool

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) last week unveiled an interactive tool that allows users to see how antibiotic resistance for four bacteria transmitted commonly through food—Campylobacter, E. coli O157, Salmonella and Shigella —has changed during the past 18 years. The tool, called “NARMS (National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System) Now: Human Data,” allows users to access antibiotic resistance data by bacteria, antibiotic, year (1996-2013) and geographic region. The tool displays data on an interactive map and in tables. The tool uses data from NARMS and is designed to provide access to the most up-to-date antibiotic resistance results by uploading data regularly.

CDC estimates that each year in the United States, two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibiotic-resistant infections from germs transmitted commonly through food cause an estimated 440,000 of those illnesses. The Food and Drug Administration is also making data available online— NARMS Now: Integrated Data to help users access antibiotic resistance information from isolates from retail meat and animals, and will soon add Campylobacter and non-typhoidal Salmonella from humans.

Also this week, CDC released a Grand Rounds report about inappropriate antibiotic use in healthcare settings. Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing is an important and modifiable contributor to antibiotic resistance and is a problem in all health care settings as is selection of inappropriate antibiotics to combat infections,” CDC said. CDC emphasized the importance of antibiotic stewardship in humans to maximize therapy benefits while minimizing harms to the person and the community.

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