Volume 89 Issue 28 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 11, 2011

CDC Lacks Antibiotic Resistance Data

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: antibiotic resistance

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has limited data on the use of antibiotics in humans and the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant infections, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report concludes. The report (GAO-11-406) recommends that CDC develop strategies to improve its monitoring of antibiotic use and disposal, as well as its tracking of antibiotic-resistant infections. “Because use contributes to resistance, more complete information could help policymakers determine what portion of antibiotic resistance is attributed . . .

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