CDC Urges Increased Effort to Reduce Drug-Resistant Infections

Posted on October 19, 2006  Comments (4)

The US Center for Disease Control has again urged hospitals to increase efforts to reduce drug-resistant infections. In 1972, only 2 percent of these types of bacteria were drug resistant. By 2004, 63 percent of these types of bacteria had become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat them, and methicillin-resistant “staph” infections, often referred to as MRSA, are a growing problem. The CDC press release. This press release is focused on reducing the transmission of such dangers bacteria to patients. Other CDC efforts focus on improving the system to reduce the production of such virulent bacteria.

I know the Pittsburgh area has done a fair amount of work in the reduction of MRSA transmission. Several white papers on their efforts are available. A great PBS documentary covers this and other health care improvements.

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4 Responses to “CDC Urges Increased Effort to Reduce Drug-Resistant Infections”

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