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Webcast: Covering antibiotic resistance in the post-antibiotic world

12/18/17     ,


Dec. 18, noon ET

The threat of antibiotic resistance continues to grow. About 2 million Americans annually contract an antibiotic resistant bacteria and 23,000 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In some cases, resistant bacteria have already meant patients are living in a "post-antibiotic" world. In 2016, a Nevada woman died after developing an illness from bacteria that were resistant to all approved antibiotics in the U.S.

How are these bugs spreading? What is the U.S. doing to halt their spread? And how can reporters cover antibiotic resistance in their communities? Two CDC officials will talk to reports about this evolving story.

  • Michael Bell, M.D., deputy director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Michael Craig, senior adviser for antibiotic resistance coordination and strategy, Division of Health Quality Promotion at the CDC Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases

  • Moderator: Bara Vaida, AHCJ core topic leader/infectious diseases

An expert in drug-resistant pathogens and hospital-acquired infections, Michael Bell’s career has focused on investigating and preventing transmission of healthcare-associated illnesses for hospital patients and staff alike as well as developing evidence-based infection control guidelines. He began his CDC career in 1997 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer. Bell earned a bachelor's in biology and microbiology as well as the doctor of medicine from the University of Washington. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He completed a clinical fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of California San Francisco.

Michael Craig leads the coordination of CDC’s cross-cutting antibiotic resistance activities by developing and guiding CDC’s strategic direction to address national goals to combat antibiotic resistance. Craig serves on the President’s Advisory Committee for Combatting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB), and works closely with leadership within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to align public health activities related to antibiotic resistance across multiple federal agencies. Before that, he spent 12 years in Washington, D.C., working for the CDC on various policy issues.

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Michael Bell

Michael Craig

Bara Vaida