According to a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health departments working with the CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Lab Network found more than 220 cases of germs with “unusual” antibiotic resistance in 2017.
These germs include those that cannot be destroyed by all or most antibiotics, those that are uncommon in the U.S. or the geographic area in which they are found, and those that have specific genes allowing them to spread resistance capability to other germs. Identifying germs with unusual antibiotic resistance quickly is crucial to contain outbreaks and stop antibiotic resistance from spreading. One in four germ samples sent to the Antibiotic Resistance Lab Network had a specific gene allowing resistance to spread to other germs.
Also included in the CDC report: One in 10 screening tests in patients without symptoms conducted in health care facilities where germs with unusual resistance were found identified difficult-to-treat germs that spread easily, indicating the germs could have spread undetected in that facility.