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Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance

County-wide Antibiogram

The antibiogram is a microbiological program to describe the prevalence of antibiotic resistance and its patterns. The WARR Program prepares annual county-wide antibiogram by partnership with the local hospitals and laboratories. The antibiogram provides the most complete picture of antibiotic resistance in the community and can be useful to help guide appropriate initial therapy for the outpatients and hospitalized patients.

Available antibiograms:

Please give us your feedback on the 2013 Washoe County Antibiogram by completing the antibiogram survey.

Streptococcus pneumoniae (laboratory-reporting based)

Starting on June 1, 2003, all medical laboratories serving Washoe County residents are required to report Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates and the drug susceptibility test results to the Communicable Disease (CD) Program via the confidential fax line 775-328-3764. Get the latest surveillance results.

Community Associated Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA)

All health care providers serving Washoe County residents are encouraged to report CA-MRSA to the CD Program. CA-MRSA infections are distinguished from hospital-acquired MRSA infections by using the following criteria:

  • Diagnosis of MRSA was made in the outpatient setting or by a culture positive for MRSA within 48 hours after admission to the hospital.
  • The patient has no past medical history of MRSA infection.
  • The patient has no history in the past 12 months of:
    • Hospitalization
    • Admission to a nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or hospice
    • Dialysis
    • Surgery
    • Permanent indwelling catheter or percutaneous medical device

For more information please contact the Epidemiology team for additional information on surveillance.