About Antimicrobial Use and Resistance
Antibiotics are powerful tools for fighting bacterial illnesses
(like Strep throat),
but they DO NOT work for viral illnesses
(like the common cold or flu)
- Antibiotic Resistance in Minnesota 2013 (PDF)
Fact sheet about antibiotic resistance in Minnesota.
- Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work
CDC's website about antibiotic use and resistance. Attention: Non-MDH link.
- Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance
CDC’s website for all antibiotic resistance activities including: general information on drug-resistant pathogens, educational campaign resources, and laboratory testing and training resources. Attention: Non-MDH link.
- Antimicrobial-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
An increasing number of patients are being seen with skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that are resistant to many antibiotics.
MRSA | VISA and VRSA
- Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
MDH is concerned about the emergence of highly resistant bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in Minnesota.
About CRE | For Health Professionals
- Clostridium difficile
Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis.
About C. difficile | Preventing C. difficile | C. difficile Statistics | For Health Professionals
Antibiotics prescribed for acute respiratory infections
in kids younger than 15 years of age
account for 58% of all antibiotics prescribed,
yet most of these acute respiratory infections
do not require antibiotic treatment.
The good news is that many patients
may benefit more from symptomatic therapy.