Antibiotic resistance

5 facts about antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics are vital drugs that help target bacterial infections – but antibiotic resistance is a growing problem. Below are 5 common facts about antibiotic resistance:
  1. Antibiotic resistance is the ability of a bacteria to stop an antibiotic from working – bacteria can evolve so that they can resist previously effective medications.
  2. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development.
  3. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed speeds up the process of antibiotic resistance – antibiotics should not be taken for viral infections such as common colds.
  4. A number of infections are becoming hard to treat as antibiotics resistance grows.
  5. You can help prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance by taking antibiotics responsibly – always follow a doctor’s guidance and never demand antibiotics from your doctor.
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