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CDC's strategic investments empower the nation to combat antibiotic resistance (AR), the global threat jeopardizing modern medicine. These Fiscal Year 2016 investments support comprehensive and coordinated implementation of the ambitious public health actions outlined in the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Learn more about CDC’s work to combat AR.

Learn more about CDC activities to combat antibiotic resistance.


Local health department that received additional funding.
Location of one of seven ARLN regional labs.
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This map represents CDC’s largest funding categories for antibiotic resistance. It shows domestic, extramural funding that supports AR activities from multiple funding lines.


About CDC’s Work to Combat Antibiotic Resistance
With these investments, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), in partnership with health departments, academia, and healthcare, is transforming how the nation combats and slows antibiotic resistance at all levels, ensuring our ability to stand up a full, faster response to protect Americans from this threat.

These investments will better protect patients through:

  • Detection and Response
  • ✔  Rapid detection and faster response to outbreaks and emerging resistance related to healthcare-associated infections, foodborne bacteria, and gonorrhea—to contain and control spread
  • ✔  Gold-standard lab capacity offered to all state and regional labs through CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network

  • Prevention of Infections
  • ✔  Improve prevention of healthcare-associated infections, foodborne illness, and gonorrhea
  • ✔  Empowered networks for prevention across healthcare and communities for threats like Clostridium difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and “nightmare bacteria” carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
  • ✔  Insights for research innovation and better patient care

  • Improving Antibiotic Use
  • ✔  Ensure antibiotics work to protect patients from life-threatening infections or sepsis
  • ✔  Protect patients from unintended consequences associated with antibiotic use, including adverse drug events

These investments work toward meeting national goals to prevent drug-resistant infections as outlined in the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

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