Antimicrobial Resistance: Updates to an Ongoing Global Crisis
Antimicrobial resistance is a threat that can no longer be ignored. Resistant bacteria pose a global threat that if not controlled, could be catastrophic. Antibiotics are used for many reasons other than treatment of infections in the 21st century, however their appropriateness in certain fields is being scrutinized by organizations like the CDC and FDA. In order to combat this, the CDC has invested in surveillance of resistant bacteria, antimicrobial stewardship programs, and many other areas of healthcare and public safety. Their 2013 report called great attention to the issue, and the 2019 update sheds light on just how much more work still needs to be done. Progress has been made to deter the resistant bacteria, but it will take a much larger scale, global effort in order to ensure the safety of the human population going forward.