A key factor in Utah’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. At this time,
Utah’s public health laboratory lacks the capability to screen bacterial
isolates (other than tuberculosis) for antimicrobial susceptibility.
This includes the inability to assist smaller hospitals and laboratories
within Utah to screen for newly emerging problems such as
vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae.
Bureau of Epidemiology
Utah Department of Health
PO Box 142104
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2104
Utah AR Fact Sheet
1300 Wilson Boulevard | Suite 300 | Arlington, VA 22209 | Phone: (703) 299-0200 | Fax: (703) 299-0204
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