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2009-2010 progress towards implementation of: a public health action plan to combat antimicrobial resistance
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    United States, Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; National Institutes of Health (U.S.) ; ... More ▼
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    Introduction -- The Focus Areas -- Focus Area I: Surveillance -- Focus Area II: Prevention and control -- Focus Area III: Research -- Focus Area IV: Product development -- Acronyms and abbreviations.

    Since 2002, the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance has released an annual report on the progress towards implementation of the 2001 Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance. The Task Force has now revised the 2001 Action Plan and a draft of the revised Action Plan was recently released and published in the Federal Register for public comment. The revised draft is available at (http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/index.html). Although the revised Action Plan is not final, the participating agencies are releasing this annual progress report, to provide information on Federal activities during calendar years 2009 and 2010. The revised Action Plan maintains the same four Focus Areas as the previous plan: Surveillance, Prevention and Control, Research and Product Development. Within these Focus Areas, there are a total of 11 goals: two for Surveillance, two for Prevention and Control, four for Research and three for Product Development. Further, each of the goals lists one or more Action Items that constitute the Federal government's commitment to targeted efforts to address the public health burden of antimicrobial resistance; there are a total of 53 such Action Items. Many of the Action Items also list implementation steps representing specific activities that one or more of the participating agencies will undertake to accomplish the Action Item. Most of these implementation steps are time-delimited; the planned completion date is given in parentheses as the year by which this step will be completed (indicating December 31 of that year). For example, (2011) means that the work is expected to be completed by the end of the 2011 calendar year. Other activities constitute continuing work of the agencies and are noted as "ongoing" with no set end date. The format of this report is new, and differs from updates of the previous Action Plan by providing progress descriptions that are embedded into the Action Plan. The Task Force hopes that this format is useful for the reader in understanding the Federal agencies' activities as we move toward accomplishment of the Action Plans goals. The Task Force plans to continue to provide annual updates on these Action Items and implementation steps as was done in the past. The goals, action items, and implementation steps represent current priorities based on today's science and threats to public health. Because of the rapidly evolving nature of AR, there will likely be new or emerging challenges in antimicrobial resistance subsequent to the publication of this Action Plan. The Task Force is committed to identifying and responding to these issues as they arise. Thus, the Action Items and implementation steps will be updated at least every two years and more often if circumstances require.

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