A key factor in Maine’s ability to detect, monitor and control
antimicrobial resistance is its public health laboratory capacity.
Across the nation, increasing cases of antimicrobial resistance are
currently swamping the ability of each state's public health laboratory
to keep pace. There has been limited funding in the past for antibiotic
resistance education programs and surveillance, and even this limited
funding is on the decrease. Approximately only half of state public
health labs can provide some basic resistance testing. Like many
states, Maine lacks the targeted technical ability to detect and
characterize emerging resistance patterns promptly in a range of
pathogens. Therefore, such resistant organisms continue to spread
unrecognized and unimpeded throughout the state.
Dr. Dora Mills
1300 Wilson Boulevard | Suite 300 | Arlington, VA 22209 | Phone: (703) 299-0200 | Fax: (703) 299-0204
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