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Issue Background

Antibiotic Resistance

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.

The proposed $200 million in funds would: 

  • Expand HAI and antibiotic resistance prevention efforts from 25 states to 50 states, six large cities, and Puerto Rico;
  • Sustain an Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory Network of up to seven AR Regional Labs to serve as a national resource for cutting-edge lab support to states and characterize emerging resistance;
  • Implement antibiotic stewardship programs that align with CDC's Core Elements for Antibiotic Stewardship in inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care settings;
  • Drive innovation throuh the CDC's Prevention EpiCenters network collaboration with academic research centers conducting applied research on interventions for infection prevention;
  • Incorporate NHSN antibiotic use data to improve prescribing practices.