Superbugs: CDC's 2013 List of the Biggest Drug-Resistant Threats





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Published on Sep 14, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance as the ability of microbes to resist the effects of drugs – that is, the germs are not killed, and their growth is not stopped. The agency reports that although some people are at greater risk than others, no one can completely avoid the risk of antibiotic-resistant infections. Infections with resistant organisms are difficult to treat, requiring costly and sometimes toxic alternatives.

In 2013, the CDC published a report outlining the top 18 drug-resistant threats to the United States. These threats were categorized that year based on the level of concern. They include the following:

Urgent Threats
Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
Drug-Resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Serious Threats
Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter
Drug-Resistant Campylobacter
Fluconazole-Resistant Candida
Extended Spectrum Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL)
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)
Multidrug-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Drug-Resistant Non-Typhoidal Salmonella
Drug-Resistant Salmonella Serotype Typhi
Drug-Resistant Shigella
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Drug-Resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae
Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Concerning Threats
Vancomycin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Erythromycin-Resistant Group A Streptococcus
Clindamycin-Resistant Group B Streptococcus

These are just a few things to know about existing and emerging superbugs. To learn more about these or other environmental, health, safety or occupational issues, please visit the websites shown below.

Clark Seif Clark http://www.csceng.com
EMSL Analytical, Inc. http://www.emsl.com
LA Testing http://www.latesting.com
Zimmetry Environmental http://www.zimmetry.com
Healthy Indoors Magazine http://www.iaq.net
VOETS - Verification, Operations and Environmental Testing Services http://www.voets.nyc


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