The CDC just released a report, Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013, that “gives a first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs having the most impact on human health.”
The press release links to the nice infographics included in the report of national summary data. There’s also a video briefing by Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, and a digital press kit where you can download individual infographics.
There’s also a couple of infographics explaining how antibiotic resistance develops and how it spreads.
I like this one because it is so simple while clearly illustrating 3 important principles:
- Antibiotics generally don’t cause resistance per se; rather, they select for organisms that already have resistance.
- Killing the “good bacteria” in our bodies allows resistant pathogenic ones to take over.
- Bacteria can transfer their resistance to other bacteria.
I like that this one illustrates the role of livestock in the development of resistance. I wish they’d made this one gender-neutral, but at least they have a mixture of men and women and of different race/ethnicities.