Executive Order Issued On One of the Most Urgent Health Concerns Facing Us Today

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Executive Order Issued On One of the Most Urgent Health Concerns Facing Us Today

National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Today, the President announced a new Executive Order and National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (National Strategy) to address recommendations identified by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). As a leader in monitoring and preventing the spread of resistant infections, CDC will leverage its expertise and build on core strengths to:

  • Slow the development of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections.
  • Strengthen National One-Health surveillance efforts to combat resistance.
  • Advance development and use of rapid and innovative diagnostic tests for identification and characterization of resistant bacteria.
  • Improve international collaboration and capacities for antibiotic resistance prevention, surveillance, control, and antibiotic research and development.

3 Things to Know

  • This year alone, at least two million Americans will become sickened by antibiotic resistant infections, and 23,000 Americans will die.
  • Antibiotic resistance costs the U.S. over $20 billion in healthcare expenses each year.
  • These important plans are part of a request for $30 million for CDC’s Detect and Protect Initiative and $14 million of the National Healthcare Safety Network to ramp up this fight. These strategies and the funds needed to implement them are a down-payment to improve the nation’s ability to tackle the biggest drug-resistant threats.   

To find out more about CDC and antibiotic resistance, read a new blog post from CDC’s Director, and see an infographic about why antibiotics are urgent and necessary, visit www.cdc.gov/drugresistance.