CDC issues review of 2015
Areas that the statement focuses on include the CDC’s work against antibiotic resistance, the Ebola outbreak of West Africa and combating overdoses on prescription drugs.
“CDC works to protect the health, safety and security of Americans, and 2015 was a particularly challenging -- and successful -- year,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. “Old and new threats to our health, such as Ebola, dengue, HIV, e-cigarette use among kids, foodborne illness, prescription drug overdoses and increased drug resistance, are just a few of the threats that kept us up at night -- and will keep us busy in 2016.”
Within this statement, the CDC reports that the agency will be focusing on mitigating infections from antibiotic resistant microbes in 2016. The CDC reports that approximately 23,000 Americans have died from infections of this kind.
Regarding the Ebola outbreak, the CDC states that large-scale transmission of the disease is currently under control. Over the course of 2015, the CDC has been partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate the clinical trials and development for a vaccine candidate against the Ebola virus.
Another focus for the new year will be to mitigate the effects of prescription drug abuse. The CDC reports that approximately 160,000 people have died due to an overdose of prescribed medicine over the past 10 years.