5 Stories, Studies on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The following stories on antibiotic-resistant bacteria are compiled from Becker's Hospital Review over the past two weeks, starting with the most recent.

1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed the Detect and Protect Against Antibiotic Resistance Initiative, a federal program aimed at reducing the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. The CDC has requested $30 million in annual funding for the next five years to implement this initiative.

2. Hospital wastewater contains 33 times the concentration of antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli in community wastewater, according to a study in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Researchers suggest these high bacterial concentrations may be contributing to the spread of antibiotic resistance, and there is a need to improve monitoring of the water leaving the hospital.

3. The United States and the European Union have joined forces to combat antimicrobial resistance issues. The Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance was established in 2009. Its 2014 progress report outlines progress on 17 recommendations the two countries have implemented in antimicrobial stewardship efforts.

4. Humans and their pets carry genetically similar strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, suggesting the pathogens infecting both animals and humans are intrinsically linked, according to a study in mBio.

5. The University of Califorina, Davis Children's Hospital has opened its Recurrent MRSA Clinic, a facility dedicated on treating community-associated recurrent MRSA after clinicians noticed an increase in recurrent CA-MRSA in the past five years.

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