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What does the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System do?

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The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System monitors trends in antimicrobial resistance among food-borne bacteria from animals, retail meats and humans; disseminates information on microbial resistance in a timely manner to promote interventions that reduce resistance among food-borne bacteria; and conduct research to understand better the emergence, spread and persistence of antimicrobial resistance, explains the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It also assists the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in making decisions related to animal antimicrobial drugs.

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Other than monitoring microbial resistance, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System collaborates with partners on microbiological research studies and epidemiological investigations, explains the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The data collected in collaboration with partners are reported at scientific meetings and published in scientific journals.

The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System helps investigators by detecting emerging trends of resistance, linking enteric illnesses to specific risk factors and sources, understanding the genetic mechanism that confer the spread and resistance among enteric bacteria, and investigating enteric disease outbreaks, explains the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also educates consumers about the threat of food-borne antimicrobial resistance and food safety practices, guides public health priorities, and provides information that promotes the careful use of antimicrobial agents.

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