Dr. Schuchat reiterated that simply identifying the issue is only part of the equation.
“Detection is not enough on its own. When there is a fire, somebody needs to put it out. CDC supports more than 500 local staff across the country to combat antibiotic resistance wherever it emerges.”
While the report highlights the strides that have been made in combating antibiotic resistance, Paul Auwaerter, MD, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, released a statement highlighting the need to further fund these efforts.
“The report spells out the need to accelerate efforts to curb resistance or face an increasing burden including novel resistance mutations that threaten health,” stated Dr. Auwaerter. “The efforts detailed in the Vital Signs report were made possible through new congressional funding in 2016 to combat antibiotic resistance. We urge Congress to sustain and to grow that investment so that further progress will prepare us to meet the future challenges of antibiotic resistance from a position of strength,” he added.
A fact sheet with a brief summation of the vital signs report is available here.