antimicrobial resistance, emerging infections, infection risk



  1. Jackson, Marguerite McMillan PhD, RN, CIC, FAAN
  2. Rickman, Leland S. MD
  3. Pugliese, Gina RN, MS, CIC


Infectious diseases remain the major cause of death throughout the world, and this is not likely to change in the foreseeable future. However, there are steps that can be taken to combat them, including both the recognition of and interventions against emerging infectious diseases. This article will provide general information about emerging infectious organisms, mechanisms of resistance to antimicrobial agents, and comments on a variety of prevention strategies. In addition, the reader is directed to a number of comprehensive references for additional information.