Antibiotic Resistance

By: Kenny Abraham

What is Antibiotic Resistance?

Antibiotic resistance is a natural phenomenon. When an antibiotic is used, bacteria that can resist that antibiotic have a greater chance of survival than those that are "susceptible."

Why Should I Care About Antibiotic Resistance?

  • Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the world's most pressing public health problems.

  • Antibiotic resistance can cause illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics to become dangerous infections, prolonging suffering for children and adults. Also in some cases can lead to death.

  • Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can spread to family members, schoolmates, and co-workers, and may threaten your community.

  • Although some people think a person becomes resistant to specific drugs, it is the bacteria, not the person, that become resistant to the drugs.

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