The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released data tracking early progress in combating antibiotic resistance in the United States on a state- and city-wide basis. According to the CDC, antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites change, reducing the effectiveness of medicines designed to cure or prevent infections and allowing microbes to survive and continue to multiply. Antibiotic resistance has been identified as one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.
In 2016, the CDC provided funding to health departments in all 50 states, six large cities, and Puerto Rico to improve laboratory and epidemiology expertise and increase public health efforts to fight antibiotic resistance. Since the launch of the CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, every state has reported multiple successes.
In Oklahoma and Connecticut, for example, single cases of Candida auris, a multidrug-resistant fungus that can cause deadly infections, were successfully identified and contained. Similar successes achieved in other states, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and California, indicate antibiotic resistance initiatives are working.