Vital Signs: Preventing Antibiotic-Resistant Infections in Hospitals — United States, 2014 Copy

Introduction

Antibiotic-resistant (AR) bacteria are a worldwide public health threat. A 2013 CDC report outlined the top 18 urgent, serious, and concerning AR threats in the United States (1). Among the 15 urgent and serious threats, seven are bacteria predominately acquired during health care. Clostridium difficile is included among these; although C. difficile is not drug resistant,
the infections it causes and its spread are exacerbated…

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