Acute Communicable Disease Control
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Antibiotic Resistance Education

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Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Reporting

Effective 10/1/02, all laboratories and health care providers are required to report any cases of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD). Reporting IPD is important because of significant morbidity and mortality associated with this disease, the introduction of the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Prevnar), and the increasing trends of antimicrobial resistance. Nationwide, the proportion of penicillin nonsusceptible S. pneumoniae increased from 10% to 25%. IPD surveillance will allow for tracking County-wide antimicrobial resistance patterns. The data will also help physicians make appropriate antibiotic treatment choices.

Antibiogram Surveillance in LA County

In an effort to understand patterns of antimicrobial resistance in Los Angeles County hospitals, ACDC is creating a countywide antibiogram with an aggregate of antibiogram data provided by each hospital in the county. The data will enable hospitals to compare resistance patterns with those of other area hospitals of similar size and type. The countywide antibiogram will be posted here upon completion of this project.

Seminal Articles: Antibiograms in Surveillance

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