Antibiotic Resistance

By: Brittany Dement, Dalton Fletcher and Kelsey Johnson

About Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide public health problem that continues to grow. It occurs when strains of bacteria in the human body become resistant to antibiotics due to improper use and abuse of antibiotics.

How many people does it affect?

In hospitals, 190 million doses of antibiotics are administered each day. Among non-hospitalized patients, more than 133 million courses of antibiotics are prescribed by doctors each year. It is estimated that 50 percent of these latter prescriptions are unnecessary since they are being prescribed for colds, coughs and other viral infections.

Viruses are not resistance to antibiotics.

Common Causes

Some common causes of antibiotic resistance is over using a certain medicine too much then the bacteria will get resistant. Another cause is when docters prescribe antibiotics to viral infections. Lastly, not finishing a full dose of antibiotics.