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ResistanceMap Tracks Superbugs

Wednesday, March 16, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Online maps include new data and offer first-of-its-kind graphic view of trends in antibiotic resistance.

The rapid rise in antibiotic resistance during the past decade can now be visualized using ResistanceMap, a new online tool that lets you see regions of the country where the problem is particularly severe. Drug resistance is the ability of bacteria like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to survive a treatment course with an antibiotic.

ResistanceMap was created by Extending the Cure, a research project supported by RWJF's Pioneer Portfolio. The maps show some dramatic trends, including how resistance to popular antibiotics like methicillin and ciprofloxacin has risen sharply between 2000 and 2009 among common microbes. For example, the tool shows that MRSA rates rose sharply in the United States over that period, eventually reaching levels of resistance at or greater than 60 percent in the South East Central region of the country.


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