Clinical Infectious Diseases and The Journal of Infectious Diseases are supporting campaigns from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and prudent antibiotic use.
To promote their campaigns, Get Smart About Antibiotics Week and European Antibiotic Awareness Day, the Editors of Clinical Infectious Diseases and The Journal of Infectious Diseases have highlighted recent, topical articles, which are freely available online during the month of November.
Clinical Infectious Diseases articles:
Editorial commentary: Outpatient Antibiotic Use in the United States: Time to "Get Smarter"
Behavior Change Strategies to Influence Antimicrobial Prescribing in Acute Care: A Systematic Review
The Interface Between Antibiotic Resistance and Virulence in Staphylococcus aureusand Its Impact Upon Clinical Outcomes
Rapid Diagnostics and Appropriate Antibiotic Use
Strategies for Reduction in Duration of Antibiotic Use in Hospitalized Patients
The Journal of Infectious Diseases articles:
Editor's Choice: Antibiotic Choice May Not Explain Poorer Outcomes in Patients With Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia and High Vancomycin Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations
Editorial commentary: At What Cost Echinocandin Resistance?
Acinetobacter baumannii Resistant to Colistin Alters Its Antibiotic Resistance Profile: A Case Report From Spain
The Combination of a Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitor and Antibiotic Alleviates Staphylococcal Arthritis and Sepsis in Mice
Divergent Mechanisms for Passive Pneumococcal Resistance to ß-Lactam Antibiotics in the Presence of Haemophilus influenza
Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work
CDC’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (14-20 November) aims to reduce the rate of rise of antibiotic resistance by:
1. promoting adherence to appropriate prescribing guidelines among providers,
2. decreasing demand for antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections among healthy adults and parents of young children, and
3. increasing adherence to prescribed antibiotics for upper respiratory infections.
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information.
European Antibiotic Awareness Day
The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is an annual European public health initiative that takes place on 18 November to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and prudent antibiotic use. The latest data confirms that across the European Union the number of patients infected by resistant bacteria is increasing and that antibiotic resistance is a major threat to public health.
Please visit the European Antibiotics Awareness Day website for more information.