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Antibiotic Resistance

In September 2014, the White House released an Executive Order to establish a national task force to oversee efforts to control antimicrobial resistance. This document emphasized the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria as they become an increasingly serious threat to public health and the economy.  The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology also issued the National Strategy for Combating Antimicrobial-Resistant Bacteria.

Infections related to antimicrobial resistance (such as Acinetobacter and carbepenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) in the traumatic wounds of our injured service members have been a major source associated with the spread of drug- resistant bugs within the Military Health System. Fifty percent or more of the skin and soft tissue infections that affect our troops training at Fort Benning, or serving on ships or submarines, are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  Strains of the gonorrhea bacteria infecting service members may be resistant to many of the oral antibiotics previously used to control them, now requiring intramuscular shots for a cure.

"Health Policy Brief: Antibiotic Resistance," Health Affairs, May 21, 2015.