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CDC urges pediatricians to take precautions to prevent antibiotic-resistant infections

Pediatricians and other health-care providers should bolster efforts to prevent antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a Health Alert Network advisory issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The advisory was issued after bacteria resistant to a “last resort” antibiotic was found in a Pennsylvania woman.

The advisory calls for health-care providers to ensure that patient/exam rooms receive thorough daily cleanings, follow standard and contact precautions for patients with antibiotic-resistant infections, and promptly report infections to public health authorities.

Theoklis E. Zaoutis, MD, FAAP, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Disease, urged pediatricians to be cautious about antibiotic use and discuss alternative treatments with patients and families. Reducing antibiotic prescriptions can slow the development of resistant bacteria.

The advisory also calls on health-care providers to promote safe food preparation that kills bacteria, viruses, and other foodborne pathogens.