The rise in antimicrobial resistance in community and healthcare settings is causing alarm among public health leaders, clinicians, and infectious disease experts. "Staph" infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have received increasing attention in recent years. New strains of MRSA have caused illness in persons without the usual risk factor of a hospital stay or visit to a health care facility, places where it was once largely confined. Community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA, has caused outbreaks in several states and is the target of a public health awareness campaign to prevent antimicrobial resistance. Join us as we examine the case of Seattle-King County, Washington, a metropolitan community, whose public health department is building partnerships, providing education, and making surveillance a top priority to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
This program will seek to increase awareness of antimicrobial resistance and the public health response to CA-MRSA.
Public health leaders, managers, and professionals from local and state health departments, laboratories, hospitals, community-based health organizations, boards of health, academic institutions, federal agencies, and others who are concerned about antimicrobial resistance and the rise in resistant bacterial infections in community settings.
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