Why the danger of superbugs continues to grow

bug-2.gifAntibiotic-resistant bacteria, or "superbugs" as they are often called, pose a huge and growing public health threat. Every year, thousands of people in the U.S. suffer and die from infections caused by these bacteria The CDC estimates that one in every 20 patients will acquire an infection while hospitalized, and that hospital infections were associated with 99,000 deaths and costs of $28 billion to $34 billion a year. [i] The reason these infections take such a toll: many of the superbugs that cause these infections are resistant to existing antibiotics, and, therefore, they are difficult to treat. This website will explain the reasons behind the rise of superbugs as well as the hurdles to be overcome in addressing this public health challenge.

[i] CDC: Estimating health care-associated infections and deaths in U.S. hospitals, 2002. Public Health Rep. 2002; 122: 160-166.

quotes_openAntimicrobial resistance is recognized as one of the greatest threats to human health worldwide.... Based on studies of the costs of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens versus antibiotic-susceptible pathogens, the annual cost to the US health care system of antibiotic-resistant infections is $21 billion to $34 billion and more than 8 billion additional hospital days.quotes_close

Infectious Disease Society of America, April 2011,
"Combating Antimicrobial Resistance: Policy Recommendations to Save Lives"

Extending the cure maps:

extending-the-cure-coverMaps that show trends in Gram-positive infections, including MRSA, in the United States over the past 10 years. (Source: Extending the Cure, a project of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy.)


How much of a threat does antibiotic resistance pose?

scrips-moelleringMeeting the challenge of new and emerging resistant infections. A roundtable discussion hosted by Scrip Intelligence. How much of a threat does antibiotic resistance pose?


Gram-Negative Bacteria: Mechanisms
of Resistance Video

MOR feature video

Watch how Gram-negative bacteria (such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli) are becoming more resistant to the antibiotics we have available.

UK Chief Medical Officer Says Antibiotic Resistance Poses "Catastrophic Threat"


On March 11th, UK’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, released volume two of her annual report which focuses on the threat of antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases.

Click here to view the full report.

NPR Report on NIH Bacterial Outbreak

superbug_thumbNew antibiotics are scarce as drug companies consolidate and focus on more profitable drugs. The result is a health care population increasingly vulnerable to untreatable infections. Guest host Frank Sesno and guests discuss the rise in superbugs and what can be done to stop them.