CNN Examines Drug-Resistant Infections In Afghanistan, U.S. Military’s Role In Controlling Infections In Military Facilities In Country
CNN/Bureau of Investigative Journalism: The U.S. defeated Kabul superbugs in its military, but locals still struggle
“…Military doctors started noticing an influx of patients with multidrug-resistant infections from 2003, two years after the Afghanistan war started, but it was years before the Army identified the scope of the problem. … Targeted control programs were introduced in 2009 and included guidelines on antibiotic use, better surveillance of drug resistance, improved record-keeping, and better infection control. Resistance was reduced to pre-war levels within six years. … But the gains made in military hospitals were not transferred to public facilities, which still struggle with drug-resistant infections…” (Davies, 11/6).