The Centers for Disease Control has issued a new report outlining the risks of continued overuse of antibiotics by both humans and animals.
“Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious health threats we face today,” says CDC Director Tom Frieden.
Every year more than two-million Americans get an infection that is resistant to antibiotics. 23,000 of them will die.
“We risk entering a post-antibiotic era, when even the simplest of infections can be deadly,” Dr. Frieden explains. “With a few bacteria, we’re already there.
In their report, the CDC identifies four core actions that must be taken to combat a looming health threat:
- Avoiding infections in the first place reduces the amount of antibiotics that have to be used.
- Collect data on antibiotic-resistant infections
- Improve antibiotic use
- Develop new drugs and diagnostic tests
The CDC reports antibiotics are among the most used prescription medications for humans.