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Its day three of Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2012, and today on the CDCs Safe Healthcare Blog, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) president David A. Relman, MD, FIDSA, shares the story of a healthy, active, sixth grader whose life was taken days before his 13th birthday from an antibiotic-resistant infectionÂ caused byÂ methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This is just one of many tragedies caused by the alarming rise in drug-resistant infections and the lack of new antibiotics in the development pipeline.
Learn more about IDSAs ongoing efforts to find solutions to this crisis, which include antibiotic stewardship programs and research and development of new antibiotics in Relmans Safe Healthcare Blog posting at http://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/.
To learn more aboutÂ Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, visit www.cdc.gov/getsmart.