The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today recommended that public health departments track and alert health care facilities to drug-resistant outbreaks in their area, and work with them to reduce the threat of germs transferring between facilities. Among other actions, the “Vital Signs” report recommends that health care administrators alert receiving facilities when transferring patients who have drug resistant germs and participate in related prevention activities in their area. In an AHASTAT blog post, John Combes, M.D., AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer, said, “America’s hospitals stand ready to work with the community and other caregivers to prevent the spread of infection.”