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Infections are occurring in the United States that are resistant to all antimicrobial options.

Numerous medical groups have identified increasing antibiotic resistance among both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria acquired in community or health care settings as a serious threat to public health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 2 million people each year in the United States acquire antimicrobial-resistant infections, and more than 23,000 die as a result of the infection.

Antimicrobial resistance applies not only to bacteria but also to fungal infections such as Candida, viruses such as HIV and influenza, parasites such as plasmodia that cause malaria, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Which of the following actions help combat the spread of resistant organisms?

Answer: All four options are important in limiting antimicrobial resistance.

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