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The CDC released guidelines for use of antibiotics in certain respiratory conditions. In light of the emerging number of resistant bacteria, it is imperative that healthcare providers be judicious in prescribing antibiotics for acute respiratory infections and strep pharyngitis.
Aaron M. Harris, MD, epidemiologist at the CDC declared "Providers should apply strict criteria…to determine when antibiotics are needed."
Harris also stated, "Except for confirmed bacterial infections like streptococcal pharyngitis or acute bacterial sinusitis, antibiotics should not routinely be used to treat healthy adults with acute respiratory tract infections at outpatient clinics…Treatments to relieve symptoms are available and can be used to reduce discomfort."