CDC warns overprescribing antibiotics could lead to superbug

News coverage on national efforts to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues in a recent piece from the Washington Examiner on the dangers of overprescribing antibiotics.

EPI faculty member Dr. Mark Ebell commented on a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found that antibiotic-resistant bacteria clostridium difficile infects nearly 500,000 and kills nearly 30,000 people each year.

Dr. Ebell commented in the article:

All the [CDC] can do is “try to educate patients and doctors about the problem,” Dr. Mark Ebell, an epidemiology professor at the University of Georgia, told the Washington Examiner.” Ultimately it is up to the individual physicians and their patients to work on this.”

Read the entire article at the Washington Examiner.

Posted February 28, 2015.