Landmark report on drug-resistant infections in the US

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.

img43Here are some simple infographics about three bacteria the CDC describes as “Threat-level Urgent”:

C. diff InfographicCRE InfographicDRNG Infographic

There’s also a couple of infographics explaining how antibiotic resistance develops and how it spreads.

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I like this one because it is so simple while clearly illustrating 3 important principles:

  1. Antibiotics generally don’t cause resistance per se; rather, they select for organisms that already have resistance.
  2. Killing the “good bacteria” in our bodies allows resistant pathogenic ones to take over.
  3. Bacteria can transfer their resistance to other bacteria.

National Summary Data, Antibiotic Resistance

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.

 

How low can you go?

Pretty low, if you’re photographer and all-around upright citizen (UK), Les Pringle. Pringle, 48, has been found guilty of intentionally infecting a female partner with HIV. Even better, he’s  a “serial “ladies’ man…feared to have infected countless women with HIV” and is said to show “no remorse.”

Get Yourself TestedTalk to Your PartnerPractice Safer Sex.